Ostrich Peak 1-10-18

Today’s hike would be characterized by some as a character building exercise.  The good news was it did not rain on us the entire day.  The bad news was the trees, with their snow load melting, just dumped water and snow on us the entire time we were under them.  This is a steep hike, but very local (3 miles of driving), so it was a perfect outing for today.  We encountered up to 2 inches of snow on the trail, but the bad boys were the trees, dropping their melting snow the entire day. 

The group took a different route to the top, thanks to a volunteer leader, which turned out to be good alternative.  Lunch was taken on top, not under any trees, but sitting on the snow.  The return hike turned out to me a bit slippery, with snow, mixed with leaves and mud, just to make it interesting.

Refreshments were taken at Louie’s, which continues to have excellent fries and onion rings.  Some of us were thinking of a warm drink (hot buttered rum), but most ended up with a cold beer, despite being cold and completely soaking wet.  Oh - and one last event:  One of the backpacks decided to go home with another backpack, but due to quick intervention, all ended up in the right home.  We all hope for better weather next week.

Keeley

Ashland Hiking Home

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