Report on The Forest Is Calling

From: gordyhawkins
Sent on: Sunday, March 9, 2014 8:28 PM

The Forest Is Waiting
Saturday March 8, 2014
Holder Mile counter clockwise on the northeast A loop and the northern part of B loop.

Camping at Holder Mine Campground the night before the hike was chilly.  But I was still surprised in the morning when I absentmindedly put a cup of juice on the top of my car as I went back to the tent for something.  Zip... the cup slid off... ice on the roof.

The temperature warmed up rapidly but never at an unpleasant level.  I actually started the hike with just one long sleeve shirt.

There were 21 hikers and a choice of 15 miles (which was gps'd at 16+) or an 8 miler.  Seven opted for the shorter distance which split off after five miles at the appropriately named place, Five Mile Pond.  They were treated with an armadillo being 'befriended' by Pumpkin, one of two canine friends  to accompany us.
The rest of us continued to the horse trough at Forest Road 13 just south of Forest Road 2.  That was the stopping point for lunch.  Some opted to eat in the shade , others opted for Vitamin D enhanced sunshine.

This northern part of the trail is well maintained, although the path is already starting to be infiltrated by bright green leaves and tiny stalks of oak scrub.  We proceeded to a hunter's road and headed east.   This section was a group activity as we used unmarked routes including horse trails and hunter trails.  This brought us to the northern part of A-B cross  and then headed south and back to Holder Mine.

About two thirds through the hike, one hiker  was caught off guard by her knee acting up.  Another hiker had a knee brace that was borrowed.  Her pace was slowed but she soldiered on.  It was really no inconvenience and she arrived at the end pleased with the day.

Some day hikers stayed afterwards for refreshments and conversations. Those that camped were treated with  a great potluck dinner and campfire.  The water servicing the campground had a problem but a few hours after sunset it was restored.  Although the campfire projected wonderful warmth in the cold, no one showered as the thought of getting out of clothes to shower too intimidating.

And we are Alison, Java, Thom, Patty H, Arlene, Marty, Dave, Ray, Jim,
John, Jette, Susan,Joe, Joseph, Patty B, Dee, Sue, Norm, Linda , Tony, Gordy

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