Lakes of the Clouds
2007-07-24 22:03:11.000 – Lynn Metcalf, Summit Intern
It is not unique for Cathy and me to make the jaunt down from the summit to visit the Lakes of the Clouds hut. We often like to catch up with the “croo” and join in the suppertime festivities; however, yesterday’s trek led us to a circumstance rather different than usual. Instead of going to hang out with the croo, we were going to be the croo.
The two of us got the unique experience of acting as volunteer croo members. For those of you who are not familiar with the AMC Huts check ‘em out! They provide a most certainly unique experience. We got to the hut at about 6pm, just in time to help with serving supper! If any of who have been privy to a hut supper, you may know the work involved. Cathy and I served food to the tables of guests, and then took up posts in the dishwashing line. After being pelted by a seemingly endless barrage of dishes, it was time for introductions. The lineup included an architect, soil biochemistry PhD student, former MWO observer, and an air quality scientist. When all was cleaned in the kitchen, it was our turn to enjoy the wonderful grub.
The next morning saw us roll out of bed at about 5am for breakfast duty. I was able to be on the receiving end of the weather broadcast that I usually give from the summit! After dishing out the food, it was time for a skit. Cathy and I were honored to be type-cast as the ugly step-sisters in the hut’s rendition of Cinderella, which involved a hula skirt, the head of an old mop, swooning, and a lesson on proper blanket folding technique. All in all, it was a great experience, not to mention a lot of fun! And remember, if you find yourselves in one of the huts, remember that the warm meals on your plates were the result of the croo’s hard work!
Lynn Metcalf, Summit Intern