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Strong and Lean in 2017 - January 27th

Friday, January 27, 2017

I went on a hike with the hiking club yesterday and had so much fun! I have really enjoyed the group and for sure when I am in town will join them on one of the weekly hikes. Thought I would share the entry from my hiking journal.

January 26, 2017
Temps have been in the high 20's the past few nights, so I wasn't too surprised to see fewer people in line for hikes this morning. This time of year there are typically about 250 people who show up and they show up early! Today, I went on the 9 mile Empire Ranch hike which snaked through grasslands, giant Oak groves and was capped with a 360 degree panoramic mountain range view at lunch. Didn't see the wild mustangs running this trip, (drats!) but we did encounter a horse rider looking for his dog! 😄 I really hope he finds the dog as we did see large cat tracks on the trail. The hike leader said it was most likely a mountain lion or cougar and those tracks were fresh! Hike leader Jim Riley / elevation gain 460 feet. The hike was designated as a "moderate B" however it was an easy trail and I didn't even use my trekking poles. It was a B hike rather than a C because of the distance.

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