PCT - Ski Road to Old 99 9-24-18

A bakers dozen showed up at Rite Aid on a clear, crisp morning. The nip of Fall was in the air, but no smoke. And the surrounding hills are starting to show orange, gold, and yellow. Yes it would be a great day for a hike.

But before we headed out a love fest broke out in the parking lot as our returning hikers from Europe needed hugs all around. Bob and Tracy are back from a photo tour of Iceland where they accrued over 2,400 miles driving and over 5,700 photos of mountains, volcanoes, churches, water falls, glaciers, horses, and sheep. And some great soccer shots!

Nanci Cremer and Joe Moeller join us as representatives of the esteemed Dolomite Expedition. And Carol Mockridge stopped by to say hello sporting a walking cast earned on the uneven sidewalks of Naples.

We also welcomed a new hiker, Florence Barto, who joins us from Fremont CA where she read about us on our website!

Today's hike was a continuation of our exploration of the Pacific Crest Trail. After doing Grouse Gap and Siskiyou Peak earlier in the month, we were ready for the mostly downhill 7.2 mile decent off Mt Ashland. We left a shuttle car down off exit 6 and parked the other three cars just past the 7 mile marker up on the ski road. As we headed down the trail we had occasional views of Mt Shasta, Pilot Rock, and the Colestin Valley. We stopped a few times to remove layers as temps may have reached into the 60s. We stopped for lunch and our group shot by a small creek that was flowing across the path.

As leader today, I didn't get anyone lost or damaged, but when we finally reached the end of the trail the shuttle car wasn't there! Of course, I took complete responsibility and headed off down the road in search of my old BMW that John calls "the grey ghost." I got extra credit for walking what seemed like another mile down the road, but finally John came on the radio and said Tracy says the car's down near the exit to Callahan's. And so it was .... thank you Tracy for keeping track of my car and the bill at Callahan's. It's good to have you all back!

Rich

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