July 14, 1996
Our heat wave played tricks on some people.
Out of nine sign-ups, six people canceled — probably because of the 100° forecast.
But three additional people showed up, bringing our group size up to a comfortable seven,
with ages ranging from six to 75 years.
As it turned out, clouds prevented the sun from roasting us.
Also, at nearly 5,000-ft. elevation, the temperature was very comfortable.
The two-mile trail with 2,000-ft. elevation gain through a big tree forest with lots of wild flowers
in bloom took us to the base of a 30-ft. rock pinnacle, which we scrambled up.
At the top, the former site of a fire lookout, we had a commanding view of several snow-capped peaks.
On the hike were Max Brown, Valdas Anelauskaite and his wife Rolanda and daughter Gabriella,
Helmut Plant, Julian Peñaloza and leader Jean Ridone.