Back in 1904 on a cold and gray Chicago morning a poor little baby child
was born in the ghetto. This dude can't dance for crap but today Bruce
joined the pack to reminisce the gloomy weather of his childhood. His color matching son, Dave
, tagged along too! We were all honored to have Lance Corporal Alex model his class A ensemble. The star of the show, Chris
, never disappoints.
Apparently three italic dudes got together pre-hike and had an Opec Bean Fest. This was no Jamy Wal hike, the rotation here was consistently to the back of the pack. While the ol' boy has curling lift and the young whipper snapper can bring a tear to the eye the big guy has drift and unparalleled hang time.
Calling this a Charlebois Loop is a bit of a stretch as we never came close to it nor would we have looped it
if we had but what do I know. It doesn't matter, it was a loop in the supes in prime season. There was a little flow in the creeks and the weather was pretty nice. We didn't get to see any spectacular mini floods that can happen in a snap yet it was a fun hike.
To start the hike I body side slammed when a rock under my left foot gave way. Holy E Cow! My elbow was screaming pain and I didn't want to see the damage so I just tried to ignore it. Sunny skies tagged along until LaBarge Spring. Shortly after a storm was brewing. I suggested lunch quick as it started to sprinkle. The young whipper snapper wanted to hike a quarter mile back to LaBarge Spring. He didn't give up on it either. The rest of the group was half done eating before he gave up and sat down. Just as the group is about ready to break camp the whipper snapper started cracking eggs to make homemade noodles for his lunch. With an anticipated 13 mile hike I'm sure all of us secretly brought stoves, tents, flour and fresh eggs like Dave. It was difficult to figure out which was funnier... Dave's actions or the "are you serious" look on Chris' face when Dave started
making soup ten minutes after we stopped. It was one of those "if I step in is it worth getting hurt" moments.
On the Dutch through LaBarge was pretty scenery. When we got to Miner's the twins and I opted to check out Miner's Needle as we figured we could catch up to LC Alex and Limp Biscuit. We couldn't see a hundred feet in front of us due to thick fog but we knew the needle was near. It was a little steeper than I anticipated. Admittingly, I was impressed Bruce didn't turn back. We made it up to what turns out to be 3 summit conglomerates. We checked out the easier 2 & 3 to the right and later figured out the left #1 is the needle. I've heard it's an easy climb as far as climbing goes but it was definitely out of our reach, especially on this day.
My body has been through the ringer hence why I was looking forward to a Stiller hike. With my elbow smack from earlier on, my Wile E Coyote dive two days ago, the never ending cold, feet issues and the list goes on and on I was hurting. We needed to catch up with Chris and Alex. Luckily Bruce was tiring from lack of exercise so I wasn't the only one dragging. Even at our crawl pace we met up with Chris and Alex before the big drop to the trailhead.
A fun hike indeed with drifting fog and all!