Thu, Jan 5 2023 - Thursday Morning Semi-Fitness Hike at Island Ford (View Original Event Details)|
Reaching 600 AOC events is no small achievement, and we were honored to share this milestone hike with Gary today. The weather was befitting an important day with the torrential thunderstorms of yesterday giving way to a morning full of sunshine and cool, dry air. The trails suffered the consequences of the heavy rain, leaving us all with mud-coated boots and shoes. We decided not to hike the complete Lollipop Trail, figuring the lower loop would be flooded. Instead, we returned to the main section of the park, covering about 5.5 miles before returning to the parking lot for a little cookie-celebration of Gary's special day.
The group was very well matched today, with no stragglers and no need to wait for stragglers. Ten of us shared lunch and great conversation after the hike at the NRT. ~ Joyce