Chrissie's Sister and Aunt Join Us on Hike and Lunch
Nine of the GiG were joined by Chrissie's sister Carla, bringing our total to 10, for our ascent of Mount Ascension, a moderately easy hike of four miles round trip. We followed up our hike with a visit to Carol's studio to see her pottery sculptures, including her incredible "wedding cake"--see our pictures below.)
The hike was Susan's maiden climb after her ankle injury, so we were all worried about her re-injuring it or having issues, especially on the downhill, but she handled it beautifully. We even finished a half hour early, so Susan wasn't slacking at all. It was the first time that the GiG had done this fun hike that starts right from the edge of town. We all agreed that the views were terrific and that we should come back and do some more trails.
Ellen, Chrissie's aunt, joined us for lunch at Benny's Bistro, where Carla works, although she had today off, thank goodness. Then we walked around Last Chance Gulch, purchasing a few things at the Four 'O Six store the wine store, the Base Camp, the Parrot, the Pan Handler and some others.
On the way, we traveled the frontage road from Craig to Helena to enjoy the colors, although many of the trees had lost their leaves. Still, both coming and going, the river and colorful ground colors delighted the eyes.
Who went: Susan, Sue, Kuntzie, Paula, Roni, Anita, Jean, Catherine, Katie
Girls in Glacier and Katie Kotynski