East Applegate Ridge 5-14-21

Photos by Kay and Sunny

Another day in paradise. It turned out the 2nd and 4th Friday Group was hiking the same trail. but departed a half hour earlier. We caught up to them at the chair at the 2 mile mark. We did a group photo of the two groups together, then we had an impromptu ceremony. 

I initiated a new order of merit, the Muddy Hiking Boot, for making Ashland Hiking Group better. Since Elisabeth had realised years ago that we needed an easier hiking option, for those with medical problems and/or having just slowed down, and made it happen, this qualified her for the first recipient of the award. The 13 hikers in her group were testimony enough and I recognised a number who used to hike with the Monday and Wednesday groups. Being short of the $1 million given for Nobel prizes. I awarded her a good bottle of cab, something that also improves with age. 

After this cheerful encounter, we continued on to our lunch spot and returned later. Flowers were abundant. Sunny took some flower pictures as we made fun of her with exaggerated oohs and ahs. We finished at Boomtown with drinks and fries. 

John

Ashland Hiking Home

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