Arriving at Tim's at 1:00pm it looked like this would be a thinly
attended event. Sitting at the table having a brew were just Dipper,
Ian, and VIKING. Then over the next few minutes body upon body made
their way through the door. By the time we went to the trailhead there
were 24 humans and 7 canines. The GONZOS are alive.
For those that care and keep count we were Sungod, Dipper, Viking,
HELGA, Heinz Ketchup, Andrew W. and his girlfriend, Mark "I'm Selling
Halifax", Holly, Amanda, Alyssa(who was sort of at last years hike, born
10 days later), Big Ed, his wife, Ewin(whose legs were shorter than
Lewis's), Sungod's twin sister Judy, Len, Paula, IMAX, Wendy, Radio
goddess just in fro TO, Matt, Erin, Ian, Judy H..
We were later joined by Honest Abe, Betty, and the Stalker.
Our four legged friends were veterns Printer and that little lady
Chelsea who brought along their friend Hero. Tearing through the woods
like two deer were Frosty and Chip with C.S. Lewis trying to keep up on
his four stubs, while Kira and Fozzy pranced along like royalty.
The weather was once again perfect, slightly overcast sky, little wind
in hhe woods, and a moderate temperature of -2*. The ground was frozen,
allowing for no mud and just a few icey spots. The hour hike was
basically uneventful with much socializing and so many to socialize
with. There were 9 newbies on this sojourn and the estimate is now if
everyone who has been on at least on hike all showed up there would be
Upon arriving at the fire pit VIKING had a blaze going in no time and we
all settled around its warming glow. Various goodies and drinks were
passed around and shared by all. There was cookies, cheese, peperoni,
bits/bites, and chocolates, Wendy handed out little yogurt covered
things, Mark had kabobs and a peanut dip(Taiwainese?), Sungod and IMAX
steamed up 10lbs of muscles which were devoured by the vultures, Honest
Abe served a milky drink, Judy H. (I think) poured some cider into
waiting glasses and the Stalker offered a little wine in fancy
We hiked our way back to our vehicles around 4:30. The day was a perfect
opposite to the hubbub of the festive season and a great relaxation to