Elk Island Challenge

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Trail 10 of 11 complete

On August 22, 2005, Freya completed the Shirley Lake Trail. It was a hot and sunny day, but we still had to where long pants to keep the mosquitoes at bay.

Freya prepares for her penultimate trek at the Shirley Lake Trailhead.

Freya pauses by a trail marker in her gleaming yellow rubber boots. We had more comfortable footwear on hand, but the trail was damp from rains earlier in the week.

The hardy hikers took luncheon in the abandoned Oster Lake campground. There was no evidence that the campground had been fully booked the previous day.

Freya rests in a spot of shade next to some wildflowers and mushroom. Around her neck, you can see the binoculars that were presented to her the night before by park staff in recognition of Freya's contribution to promoting the park.

At the trailhead, the support crew celebrates the return of the hikers!

Freya emits a primal scream at the completion of the last lengthy trail of her challenge. Only the 4.6 km Simmons Trail remains.


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