Buck Prairie I 3-5-18

Photos by Jean

Following up on the Wednesday Group hike the previous Wednesday we entered into the land of Rocky and Bullwinkle. For the uninitiated the trails are named after the old cartoon show and we had a trivia contest coming up with all the characters. 4 of the 9 on the hike were back to see the views in the sun. Winter jackets not required. 

Cross-country skiers had claimed the trails we broke on the earlier hike so we dutifully ignored normal protocol where they had not created another trail of their own. Conditions were absolutely perfect and we gained elevation in time to have dry snow most of the way. It required a bit of breaking in because the skiers left us with skinny tracks. 

Everyone climbed the long hill in good order and we swung onto Bullwinkle instead of doing the loop. Skiers had created a beautiful track around the loop and we would have had to break the snow again. I decided to keep the hike to around 4 miles.

We passed the Wednesday lunch spot and went on to dine at the lookout facing the Rogue Valley. After dining leisurely in the sun we continued down to the parking lot as the wetter snow started to clump a bit on the poles. The lot was full to overflowing by the time we got there. 

Half of us scooted home in one car and the 4 that remained partook of excellent beer and fries at Caldera, as Nanci sipped on their home made ginger ale. In a fit of generosity after a concerted discussion on how may fries to order, Liz insisted on underwriting the fries, something she will no doubt hold over me for years to come, however I once again found a piece of her apparel left in my vehicle, which gives me a suitable rejoinder. 

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