Rich Thank You Party

Photos by Linda and Sunny

Today there was a brief ceremony to thank Rich for all his efforts in keeping hiking alive during the pandemic. Attendees were those who have been hiking with him on Mondays. 

Rich has done such a sterling job that I had asked him if he would take my place as leader of the Monday Group. I announced the change at the ceremony. Rich is the ideal replacement because he cares about AHG and he cares deeply about his fellow hikers. He also recognises that the primary goal of AHG Monday is to have fun, all the while getting great exercise. 

I enjoyed my 5 or 6 years as leader and was very gratified that I was able to take a group on its last legs and recruit a large bunch of wonderful people who have become good friends of mine and of each other. We have had some great adventures together.

Going forward I will help Rich to take it to a new level. During the pandemic we discovered some terrific new hikes which we are anxious to show you. We had lots of help from Jerry, Bob Hutton and others in expanding our knowledge. Dan reminded me that some of our new hikes were actually old hikes long forgotten. Some of these became more doable because of work on the trails. 

Due to sharing of information, a large number of AHG hikers have been vaccinated. The goal will be to complete the vaccinations so everyone is comfortable in a group environment, and safe from COVID19. Let's look forward to normalization of our hiking and the social life we all have enjoyed.

Onwards and upwards,

John

Ashland Hiking Home

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