Undetered by steady drizzle, eleven hikers joined me for the trek to Tire Mountain. Mist obscured potential views of Diamond Peak, 2 of the Sisters and Mt. Bachelor, but the late spring gave us a profusion of wildflowers - yellow balsomroot, monkey flower and Oregon sunshine, pink rhodies and bleeding hearts, candyflowers and delphiniums to name just a few. Hardy hikers all, lunch was enjoyed in the continuing drizzle at the summit, surrounded by a few remains of an old lookout tower. As we were returning to the parking area, we met 60+ mountain bikers, participants in the Oregon Mountain Bike Ride event and what a muddy bunch they were. Grinning broadly, all agreed they were having a wonderful day, and one young lady compared the mud bath to a spa treatment. This annual event rides on the Alpine Trail, which is part of the Tire Mountain trail.Members: Lynda Christiansen, Ernst Schwintzer, Joe Sanders, Steve Gunn, Art Kearney, Frank Chemotti. Nonmembers: Tonya Cronkright, Charles Fisher, Ellen King, Barbara Boylan, Chris Zilka.
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