Nineteen of us met at 9:30 at the cold and cloudy Spencer Butte parking lot for our 6th annual New Year hike. We toasted to New Experiences in 2018 with pomegranate Italian soda. Above the puffy clouds on the summit we shed a few layers of clothing to enjoy the balmy temperatures and clear views of the snow capped mountains. We mingled with Mike Smith's hikers for conversation and the traditional photo with our letters for a Happy New Year. The biggest challenge was to get the letters in order and to finally decide to leave the sun and start back down. Thanks to Pat Soussan's litter pick up hike a few days earlier, the trail was pristine for all of the crowds we met coming up the trail.Members: Janet Jacobsen, Clara Emlen, Cynthia Poindexter, Evelyn Nagy, Mark Hougardy, Christiane Hougardy, Carla Cooper, Meg Stewart Smith, Helen Martz, Sandra Larsen, Keiko Bryan, Marida Martin, Leah Firth, Nancy Hoecker, Brenda Kameenui. Nonmembers: Jane Allen, Chloe Allen, Gwyneth Iredale, Berit "Bella" Shaver.
Two groups of hikers met above the fog for another Obsidian New Year! —photo by Carla Cooper
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