Applegate Lake Loop 3-18-22

Ended up with a sunny day. We did the first loop left up the hill and then back down to Payette Trail. Hit the usual lunch spot and lingered a bit in the fine weather. The water was sufficiently low in Applegate Lake that we took the shortcut across after lunch. It was sufficiently high that you had to search for a suitable crossing point. I arrived across the stream with only a damp big left toe. The others showed great agility in hopping from rock to rock. 

The one disturbing element was some gunfire. Even more disturbing was a shot that seemed close by above us. We made suitable noises to alert the shooter to our presence and heard no more. I would have really sorted him out but thought he might be another lost Russian searching for Kyiv. 

A very good hike in the sun, with several wardrobe adjustments, Since the women in our group were avoiding alcohol, no doubt having overdone St. Patrick's Day, we stopped at Boomtown instead of Stage Cellars so the men could guzzle Ashland Amber. Joe was somewhat upset that the Amber had replaced his favorite porter, but he soon got over it. Any beer is good beer so he took what he could get. The barmaid remarked that you ain't seen nuthin yet. 

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