Sterling Mine Ditch - Wolf Gap to Armstrong Gulch 11-4-19

Photos by Barry H. and Elisabeth

A perfect day for 11 happy hikers to hike downhill all the way at 70 degrees in November. The views were splendid. The conversation jovial. Good time was made as we zotted along the Mine Ditch to our objective.

Then it all unraveled. Names have been omitted to protect the guilty. 

Ever mindful of their solemn duty, the drivers leapt into the shuttle car, with no regard for their personal safety, and drove off at high speed in all directions. To be somewhat more precise, they put the pedal to the metal in the wrong direction as the remaining hikers jumped up and down and screamed, in a futile attempt to affect the outcome. Up and up raced the shuttle car in an apparent attempt to bushwhack its way to Wolf Gap. 

Then there was silence. It seemed forever until the rumble of an approaching automobile gave us hope, only to be confronted by an unknown Nissan. The driver stared at our desperate bulging eyes and hit the gas. 

When all seemed to be lost, and the Catholics among us fingering prayer beads, a distant sound of tires on gravel buoyed our spirits. It is them I declared. And it was. The shuttle slowed down to give us reassurance and headed to Wolf Gap by a much better route. All's well that ends well and this hike ended at Boomtown. But they were out of peanuts. 

John

Ashland Hiking Home

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