Posted in 2017 Northern Tier

Hiking and Dim Bulbs

Apr 20, 2017

The morning started with the weekly Sierra Club hike.  Today we went to Red Hills Area of Critical Concern near Chinese Camp to see wildflowers.  We did see the flowers but I was impressed with how much water was running in the creeks.  We had to cross two of those creeks very carefully (unless you wanted to get wet).  As I’ve gotten older, I don’t trust my balance so it took me some time to get up the courage to jump on a rock in the middle of the stream and then continue to a log and then to the other bank.  Twice.  The first time, Nick offered me a hand which helped my confidence considerably.  The second time I was on my own.  Just give me another minute.  I’ll make it.  And I did.

Link to info about Red Hills:

At Mr. Frog’s ride last week, I saw Shelley as I was hunting for a place to eat my after-ride meal. So, I sat and visited with her and Deb. That was when Shelley made the decision to start doing Thursday evening rides every other week starting today.

Shelley lives in Murphys and since its her idea, that’s where we meet.  Murphys is about a one and a half hour drive from my house so Wayne, who lives between Groveland and Murphys suggested I come to his place and we’d ride together for the last half hour.  So, that’s what we did.

It was a beautiful day, sunny and warm so the extra layers I’d packed were left in my car as I climbed into Wayne’s pickup.  OK, not the brightest bulb on this day.  Before we got too far into the ride, the day started cooling down.  After all, we didn’t even start riding until 6:00.  Although I was offered clothing from the others, I didn’t feel comfortable taking the clothes off their backs.  So, I continued the ride. It really wasn’t too bad as long as I kept moving.

When the ride was done, we went to dinner together and met up with Deb’s other family members. Turns out her birthday is tomorrow so we had a mini celebration, cupcakes and all!



female, married, in love, beautiful grown daughters, great and large extended family spread all over the US, enjoying my life, my favorite place to be is outside (unless its cold and wet).

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