The weather was delightful today, and I led a very nice hike along with river for a group of 12 hikers. We hiked about 7.5 miles. None of the other hikers knew the trail existed, so it was a fun hike.
I had a moment of panic when I got dressed to go hiking – my hiking pants were TOO TIGHT! I had been hoping to buy a smaller pair; instead I wore an old larger pair. Then I told myself – don’t panic, the smaller pair fit you perfectly last week, it is a momentary blip in the grand scheme of weight loss, or temporary bloating. (Updated note: I figured it out -- the pants shrank in the wash, they are 2 inches shorter as well as being tighter). We all had to dress in layers; it was 39 degrees when we met, and warmed up to 74 degrees by the end of the hike.
We hiked into the trail from Eagle Crest, which is a very nice golf resort in Oregon. I took this photo of our group at the start of the trail, under a bent over juniper tree.
After the first half mile, we were past the resort portion of the trail, and our trail became much more rugged. It was lovely along the river.
When we returned to the parking area, one of the drivers had an unpleasant surprise. He left the lights on and his car would not start. And that’s when I discovered I had not replaced my auto emergency kit, with its handy jumper cables, when I last cleaned out my car. Luckily a kind resort employee called their maintenance department to jump start his car.
A couple of the hikers and I then went to the new Wildcat Canyon trailhead, and hiked along the rim of the canyon, far above the river.
I noticed it turned dark by 7 p.m. tonight, it is bittersweet to see the days grow shorter. During the middle of summer, it stays light until 9 p.m. In midwinter, on standard time, it is dark before 5 p.m. So I will enjoy these last sunny summer days. New storms arrive on Monday, with rain and cold weather, and more snow for the mountains.