Over 30 Trailblazers, ranging from founding members to members who joined this
month, gathered at Usery Park Ramada C to hike and feast and celebrate the club
and those who make it great.
We ventured to the Pass Mountain Trail, marking the area where we would exit at the
end with a few well-placed pink ribbons, then hung a left at the Wind Cave Trail,
pausing to take a group photo. We proceeded up the popular trail at a variety of paces.
A group of us congregated at the Wind Cave, grateful that the weather kept the bees
uninterested in us. After a brief break, a hearty group of 6 took the mostly unmarked
path to Peak 3127 while the rest of us started down, encountering a few of our fellow
hikers still coming up on the way.
The path down was much busier even though the clouds were menacingly dark,
as we stopped for many dogs, babies in carriers and mini-hikers along the way.
When we transitioned back to the Pass Mountain Trail, we even started to see groups
of horses and riders participating in a race.
Those of us who reached the ramada first set up for the meal and dug into the snacks,
including John’s amazing Hatch chili guacamole. We were soon joined by the
peak baggers and even a few members who joined us late. We all enjoyed an amazing
array of soups, chilis, salads, and desserts.
As we gathered for the awards ceremony, so did the clouds. We were relatively dry under
the ramada. Congratulations, as well as REI and gas gift cards, were distributed to our
top carpool drivers, hike leaders and hikers.
As the rain winded down, so did our event as everyone cleaned up and went their
separate ways. What a fun morning!