I apologize for not getting this up sooner, but things have been hectic this week, but the walk was great. Sandy brought along two new people for the walk and Bill Middleton has been joining us as well, so we had quite a few out there. Before the walk started we made a presentation to Sandy. She received a nice trophy and write up for all the work she has done in getting old walks better and getting new walks down on the paper. Job well done! And didn't Andrea do a great job on the pictures? The frog almosts
They weather man predicted showers so I wore long sleeves. What baloney - it was warm and mostly sunny so the 10 km walkers tried to stay in the shade for most of the walk. The 6 km route was the same as last year but the 10 km route had some changes - mainly a long trail on the north side of the Rose City Golf Course. The walk started in the Grotto and did the lower level including the stations of the cross - all in the shade. We then went several block on Sandy before going into residential areas on less traveled streets. A lot of gardens along the way - then the Rose City Golf course before returning. Several went to the upper level of the Grotto after the walk and lunch. It always is beautiful and serene. 51 Walkers with about 20 staying for lunch. -- Dick
We had over 120 people at the walk - it was Squirrel Fest, which created a great deal of confusion and the bicycle criterium. The criterium required that we re-route part of the first loop to stay out of the way of the bikes. --Sam Korff
Karen Kelly did the pictures.
Great walking weather. Overcast and cool. The waterways and homes were exceptional. There had to be at least 50 walkers out there and we finished just before the sun came out. Glad this is going to be another YRE.--Starr**A great walk today. Steve Finnegan prepared and lead this walk. He used an old Cedar Miler walk and updated it with Dar helping with the new map. The walk went by many nice neighborhoods and along Dawson Creek Park.
56 walkers including 2 walkers that bought New Walker Packets. Walt S. (start number 27) won a $25 gift certificate from Fred Meyers that was received by the Cedar Milers too late for their Vernonia Walks. Thank you Dar for letting us give it away today.
21 went afterwards to the Helvetia Tavern for refreshments and lunch. -- Dick
Today we had a chance to meet one of our newest Merrywalkers, Carolyn. She opted in going out for the 5k around the Refuge, but she didn't get a chance to join us for coffee. Hopefully we will see her out there again, soon.
The egrets were out there and we did catch a glimpse of the eagle. Someone said they spotted a beaver, but I always think it's probably a nutria, but you never know.
At the end of the walk it was so beautiful with the breeze we just sat there talking for about 15 minutes before heading over for coffee. The monthly minutes are on the side of the blog.
Photos from the second day of the conference. Warm but not hot. The walk today started with a gondola ride to the top of Crystal Mountain then walking 10 km to the bottom. A few rough places on the trail but very beautiful scenery. -- Dick
The weather was going to be worse on Thursday, but when we were walking it wasn't really bad till the end of the walk. Most of the guys shirts were wet by th etime we were done, but it was a nice walk. The Burnt Bridge Trail - East is a newly developed area along the east end of the expanding Vancouver trail systems. This new city trail exhibits the beauty of the fertile wetlands with its many plants, animals and many nice bridges. It passes beautifully landscaped neighborhoods and parks. The 5k route stays in the Heights overlooking the Burnt Bridge Trail area and through David Douglas Park. Views of Mt St Helens can be seen on clear days.