East Applegate Ridge 12-27-19

Photos by Elisabeth, Linda and Valerie

Nine hikers enjoyed a cold, dry and beautiful hike on the East Applegate Ridge Trail, led by John Engelhardt. We marveled at the spectacular views over the expansive landscapes and enjoyed the peaceful forests of trees showing their fresh snow upon their branches.

We used a shuttle to make a six-mile trek across the ridge and down the steep grade for the last mile or so, descending 1,100’. While taking a break with a particularly impressive view over the valley and mountain range to the west, we encountered a beautiful smooth stone with an artist’s rendering of symbols conveying peace and love of nature on one side and an inscription on the other. It is a memorial for an avid hiker, Diane Elizabeth Rodgers (1940-2018). It reads Herein resides the spirit of a hiker and invites passing hikers to take the stone to their favorite trail and post a picture on a Facebook page. We didn’t move the memorial rock but appreciated its creative way of remembering Di and connecting hikers and places ‘beyond the grave’.

We finished our day together over beer and German food at the Schoolhaus Brewhaus Restaurant.

Ashland Hiking Home

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