Mt. Pisgah Winter Solstice Hike

December 21, 2009

A hint of blue sky and sun greeted eighteen of us at the Mt. Pisgah parking lot for our 3:30 p.m. winter solstice hike. We were thrilled with warm temperatures and no wind or rain. We had high hopes for a sighting of sunset through the slot in the Mt. Pisgah pedestal. Up on top, our hopes were crushed when we saw the clouds stacked to the west. Perhaps that was just as well since a crowd of runners blocked our view of the slots as they huddled around the pedestal festooned with wine bottles and cheese. At 4:47, we joined the runners in their their annual winter solstice countdown. Next year, we need to bring snacks and hot apple cider to share. Thanks to Rick Ahrens who entertained us with the finer points of winter solstice trivia.

Members: John Agnew, Rick Ahrens (leader), Dave Becker, LaRee Beckley, Jim Duncan, Sharon Duncan, Pat Esch, Margaret Essenberg, Richard Essenberg, Richard Hughes, Cathy Irvin, Janet Jacobsen (reporter), Lana Lindstrom, Effie Neth and Pat Soussan; nonmembers: Jeff Kornfield, Jim Mitchell and Janet Wulling.

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