North Bank Habitat, East to West Trailhead - January 1, 2013
Coordinator Lois Soulia, narration by Lois Soulia and pictures by Bill Riley
January 1, 2013 was cold and foggy as the group met in the usual place at 8 a.m. for their annual New Year’s Hike. There was some soul searching regarding the wisdom of being out in the weather instead of home in a warm snug bed but eight members made it out to meet three more at the western trailhead, who then proceeded to the eastern trailhead where there were ice scrims in the puddles.
The leader found that the BLM, true to their promise, had unlocked the East gate so they could start the hike at the Comstock Day use parking lot.
Thanks again BLM! The BLM also provided new maps of the area to the coordinator which were distributed.
As the hikers gained some altitude, there were tantalizing views of clearer skies in the east which soon became sunshine! SUNSHINE, what a treat for those who hadn’t seen the sun for some time. It made leaving that warm snug bed worth the effort.
As the altitude increased, the hikers separated into their usual groupings of faster hikers and those not swift. Three (the usual) stalwarts took the high route along the Middle Ridge Road to where it connects with the North Boundary Road which meant more sunshine along the way, about 8 miles. Others took the turn to the Blacktail Ridge and headed down to the western trailhead, about 5.1 miles total..
Three others took a side trip towards the Talburt Trail out of sheer exuberance at being able to hike in the sunshine.
Lunch was at Lois’ Soup Kitchen with tremendous help from Bill who provided a wonderful fruit cake and flax bread, Rheo and Dennis who helped haul chairs and brought great corn muffins, Susanne manned the kitchen and did all kinds of things and Jennifer brought tapenade and crackers. It was a good way to begin the New Year of 2013.
Roseburg Oregon Hiking Club