Mountain Musings From Don and Chris…
November 1st, 2012 in Around the Woodstove
Project At-Ease Program
The Project At-Ease program is designed to help returning veterans afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder make successful transitions back into civilian life. For three days and three nights, several veterans of current conflicts in the Middle East received the “red carpet” treatment by the greater Leavenworth community. Restaurants, hotels and other area attractions, including Scottish Lakes High Camp, reached out to offer these veterans opportunities for some good old-fashioned rest and relaxation.
Thus, on a gloriously sunny late October Thursday (and only four inches of snow was on the ground), two military veterans from Afghanistan and their spouses visited High Camp where they enjoyed some quiet time in our mountain lodge, followed by a robust lunch and a chance to meander up McCue Ridge on the edge of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area to experience some of that healing spirit that mountains everywhere can offer. Although it was obviously a very good day for these veterans and their spouses, their presence in our lives made it an even better day for us!
Welcome Matt Meyer!
We are happy to welcome our newest member to the High Camp team. Matt Meyer is a certified mechanic with skills that will be greatly appreciated by everyone! With three Suburbans, one fuel truck, a Pisten Bully groomer, six snowmobiles, and assorted cargo sleds and tubs all in our “transportation quiver”, it is essential to have someone with Matt’s expertise readily available. He not only brings excellent mechanical skills to the mountain, but in addition he possesses a fun, out-going personality that will mesh nicely with the typical High Camp guest. Matt lives nearby in Plain with his wife, Celina, 11-year old daughter, Samantha, and 2 ½ year old son, Wyatt.
Good Weather News
Looks like El Nino has morphed into La Nada! While we are still waiting for a new official winter forecast this change in the weather prognosis for the upcoming season is good news. Less El Nino likely means more cold days with more snow than previously anticipated.
Upcoming Trail Marking Event
Looking for a great way to greet the upcoming winter? Assuming you are lucky enough to be able to get away on a Monday and Tuesday, why not join us for our annual Trail Marking Event? Dates are December 10-11. Participants work in teams to upgrade the condition of our trail system, adding blue diamonds and brushing and clearing trails as needed. Skiers and snowshoers of all ability levels are welcome. There is no cost. Enjoy a night in one of our cabins, plus the hot tub and lodge. Monday night and Tuesday morning feature group meals, with the main course for dinner and the entire breakfast supplied by High Camp.