Upper Table Rock 3-13-20

Photos by Randy and Linda

Six of us enjoyed our climb to the mesa, delighted by the many early wildflowers blooming. The floor of the woods is blanketed with Henderson fawn lilies. We saw butter cups, yellow monkey flowers and Hound’s tongue.

John led us across the Mesa and down the road to our lunch spot overlooking magnificent views over the vast horizon, the Rogue River and Lower Table Rock. Skies were clear for viewing the mountains from McLoughlin around to the Red Mountain Wilderness. We’d walked 8.5 miles by the time we returned mid-afternoon to the trailhead. A couple of hikers passed us on the way up, but we were tickled by families and at least 12 adorable kids as we descended from the mesa.

In an effort to practice our shared commitments to minimize exposure to Coronavirus and do our part on behalf of public health, we made good efforts to practice ‘social distance’ and sanitation. Enjoying activities together in the open air seemed a wonderful antidote to becoming lonely and sedentary at home these days. I have concluded from this effort and observation, however, that it is not possible to keep a group separated from one another by at least 6’ and to curtail passing chocolates amongst ourselves even if they are wrapped.

Therefore, I will be advising our Friday group that we shall suspend 2nd and 4th Friday hikes until we receive credible, expert reports that the threat of a massive Coronavirus outbreak has passed. Meanwhile, we’ll encourage hiking alone in safe environments and sharing stories of special experiences with nature and walking alone.

Report submitted by Elisabeth Zinser

Ashland Hiking Home

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