On Sat., Feb. 22, the following local chapter members met hike leader Mary Belle Ginanni at Barfield Crescent Park at
Darlene Bowman, Ann Ford, Valerie Galan, King Jamison, and Nabil Wakid. We were delighted to be joined by these 4 newcomers and hope that they will hike with us again soon: Shirley Lundy, Mark Rogers, Linda Strickland and Nancy Wagner. In addition, there were 18 members of the Sumner Chapter, led by Shirley and David Primeau. Though both the Primeaus and I (unbeknownst to each other) had pre-hiked the trails , and found the river trail to be somewhat dampish, and even though it had rained night, we decided to take the river trail . anyway because it is a pretty walk. After a circular introduction, David Primeau led out with Shirley running sweep. We found the river trail to be quite wet, with little rivulets and muddy spots but this just added a bit of a challenge for the hikers. The river was running quite full - a lovely sight. We continued to the craggy and somewhat hilly Marshall Knobs Trail, took the Valley View side loop trail and wound up back at Wilderness station after about 3.5 miles, much warmer than we had expected to be. It was good to share a hike with another chapter and I appreciate the Primeaus suggestion that we do so.
There were a number of other hikers on the trail - a welcome sight.