White Rabbit to Town 1-15-18

Photos by Bob

Our annual climb up White Rabbit Trail was met with unusually warm weather (55oF at 9 am) though at times it was also quite windy. We welcomed back many of our hiking friends that we hadn't seen since before Christmas, including Joe Moeller who has returned to the trail just 5 weeks after knee surgery. Good show, Joe!

All together we had a happy crowd of 22 hikers ready to meet the White Rabbit challenge. The leader handed over the point to Denise, a veteran of 35 years of exploring the trails above Ashland. She guided us onto side trails which made for a gentler ascent up the steep side. Your leader was a rabbit for the first part of the climb keeping up with Denise's study pace. But about half way up I became totally gassed and had to stop to catch my breath. Eventually, I joined our gang up on top where Bob took our group picture.  The smiling faces reflected the knowledge that we had all passed John's test for admittance into the Monday hiking group for another year! 

After some brief confusion as to which trail to take down the hill,we found the sign for Alice-in-Wonderland and began our descent. As we wound our way down Bandersnatch we passed many holiday hikers and bikers, finally arriving in Lithia Park. As we entered the plaza, we heard live music and inspiring words being broadcast on speakers from the MLK Day assembly at the old Amory. Tracy had called ahead so Louie's was ready to welcome a tired but happy heard of hikers.

After lunch some took the bus back to Rite Aid and some walked home from the plaza. All seemed happy with the hike.

Rich Stickle
Hike Leader

Ashland Hiking Home

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