Kerby Peak 4-19-17

We started our hike to Kerby Peak under cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid to high 40’s.  The weatherman forecasted 70% rain, so we were prepared, but hoped for the best. 

This is a steep, but short hike, with great views of the Illinois Valley.  The trail is in good shape and there was a lot of moss on the very large trees.  As we passed the 4,200 foot elevation, snow started to appear on the trail.  At just below 4,700 feet elevation (over 1,800 feet above our starting point), the trail was completely covered in snow, plus the going was steep and challenging, so we opted to return to a good lookout position and have lunch. 

Although we did not summit Kerby Peak, it was a good hike.  Refreshments were taken at Climate City Brewing Company in Grants Pass as referenced by our new Assistant Social Director.  The fries and beer were great. But, sorry John, no Amber Ale and they don't have onion rings.  Everyone had a good time. 

Keeley

And now, to answer some questions an 8-year old might ask:

What Are The Three Rules of Plumbing?
1. Hot on the left
2. Sewage doesn't flow uphill
3. Never lick your fingers

Is the U.S. Gaining or Losing Trees?
After two centuries of decline, the area of US forestland stabilized in about 1920 and has since increased slightly. Forest area in the U.S. is now about what it was 100 years ago (302 million hectares in 1997 versus 307 in 1907 Source: Forest Service). However, there are more trees today in the United States than there were 100 years ago (Source: NORTH AMERICAN FOREST COMMISSION). Nationally, the average standing wood volume per acre in US forests is about one-third greater today than in 1952; in the East, average volume per acre has almost doubled. Forest growth nationally has exceeded harvest since the 1940s. By 1997 annual forest growth exceeded harvest by 42 percent and the volume of forest growth was 380 percent greater than it had been in 1920.

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