Lower Rogue 4-3-19

Photos by Barry M. and Bob

We had seven intrepid hikers show up today. Six of whom are regular Monday hikers who did fine on the hike. Although we were missing some of those who might have set a more vigorous pace, as I led the hike on the outward leg.

The weather cooperated as it was cool, overcast and only an occasional sprinkle. And the surging streams crossing our path were not surging. John said that there was less water than on the Monday hike a few weeks ago. On the other hand the Rogue was surging as they have been letting much more water out of Lost Creek Lake in preparation for coming rains and snow melt.

The wild flowers were on fine display with a plethora of pink, bountiful amounts of blue, resplendent reds, wholesome whites, and an abundance of AFYF’s as you can see from the pictures taken by our dutiful photographers. And we had a real close encounter with real wild life. (See the picture) (Is it a turtle or a tortoise?)

Our usual lunch spot was mostly under water due to the level of the Rogue, so we used the Monday group log.
On the way back John tried to imitate British Bob with a forced march. I had ceded the leadership to him so as to not be harassed for the uphill after lunch.

Refreshments were taken at Baldini’s in Merlin. We sat as usual in the restaurant side. But checking out the bar side we observed that it was much more lively and the patrons looked better dressed and smelled better than we.

Respectfully submitted by your “voluntary” leader, Hank.

p.s. Anyone who does not know what an AFYF is can ask me on a future hike. It has something to do with yellow flowers.

p.p.s. A tortoise is a turtle but a turtle is not necessarily a tortoise. The last difference between turtles and tortoises is shell shape. Because turtles spend time in the water, their shells are flatter for stream-lined swimming. A tortoise has more of a dome shape to its shell. As box turtles spend most of their life on land,...therefore, we can safely call our find a tortoise, but turtle would also be correct.

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