Rainie Ralls 5-1-17

Photos by Bob and Jeff

It was a beautiful day and we decided to do the shady side of the river down to Rainie Falls. We had 14 hikers along but two decided to stick with the other side and Alex decided to wander hither and thither taking pictures of flowers for his next lecture tour. The trail was fine but it took a bit of time as you have to climb over minor rock obstacles here and there. We arrived at the Falls and they were magnificent, with lots of rocks close to the water to sit on. We spotted a bald eagle on the other side as well as our other two hikers.

As it was approaching lunch hour and all were anxious to get at my chocolate, we decided to do a group chill and an Annie lunch (ie a long one). By the time we got back to the bridge, climbing up and down, a lot of time had passed and your loyal servant was in the mood for beer. Our legs told us we had done considerable exercise and we packed up and headed for our favorite watering hole in Merlin, which did not disappoint.

This was definitely a do-again as the Falls are spectacular from close up and the views along the way are better than the other side of the river. Much of the trail is also in the shade. There were a few little streams but none were a problem to cross.

We had two new hikers, Bonnie and Richard Shwery, who acquitted themselves well in their first sojourn with the Group. Welcome to the Group.

John

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