September 1, 2009
The weather was cool and overcast as we carpooled to Spring and Firland, where we started our hike. A couple of participants didn’t read the sign-up sheets too carefully; they saw “blackberries,” and missed the part about “hike”! We are, after all, a hiking organization, not just an eating club.
Those who hadn’t been on this hike before really enjoyed seeing the homes and mansions, as well as the back country roads. Finally, the vineyard on the route is yielding grapes.
As for the blackberries, they were still sweet and plentiful, even though they were running early this year due to all the heat and there was some fear they’d be past their prime. No problem. Everyone ate his and her limit...and filled their containers, as well.
Hiker-pickers included nonmember Fred Weech and Obsidians Kathy Hoeg (who joined us half-way, but paid the full buck anyway), Yuan Hopkins, Sachiko Iwasaki (whose sprained ankle responded well to a healthy intake of berries), Marshall Kandell (leader), Joanne Ledet, Helen Martz, Barb Revere, Ruth Romoser, Chuck Wagar and Martha Welches.