Lower Rogue - Grave Creek to Alder Creek 2-12-18

 Photos by Bob, Jeff and Nancy C.

I took one look at the hardened veterans who turned out at Rite Aid for an early departure and decided to go all.... the...... way. All the way from Grave Creek to Alder Creek and return that is. Our hardy group of 17 arrived at the trailhead ready for bear at 42 degrees. It turned sunny and warm and as hoped, the dry winter had produced no water obstacles. We were able to hop scotch over the usual slippery stream across the trail although on our return Roseanne hopped when she should have scotched and executed an unsuccessful pirouette. 

The water was low enough to eat lunch on the rocks in the River at Alder Creek but most decided not to do any rock climbing. Just as well as the table for 17 was taken. After crossing a roaring Whiskey Creek some members might have been disappointed with the trickle that is Alder creek. 

We arrived back at the parking lot happy but a tad weary after 8.8 miles of up and down. We had several rookies to the hike who were delighted with the views. Actually we were all delighted with the views. 

It was wonderful to welcome Margita back from her forays in Europe the last two years. She is an adventurer to be admired. Various Monday members are soon off to New Zealand, the Dolomites, the Canadian Rockies, Quebec and Toledo, Ohio so we are a force to be reckoned with. 

Only 5 of us retired to Baldini's for refreshment as there was a sale on undergarments at Walmart. We made up in enthusiasm what we lacked in numbers but will apparently be allowed to return. 

John

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