We left the DOB under ominous skies and the rain didn’t subside as we got closer and closer to the Rogers Pass trailhead on May 30. Leaders Gail and June were going through alternative activities in their minds if we were to have driven all that way and been rained out. Go on to Lincoln? Walk the Sculpture in the Wild Park? Even Mary Nichols, who had driven Highway 200 from Seeley to meet us at the trailhead, said she had been through hard rains the entire way. But as can sometimes happen, the clouds thinned, the rain clouds moved on, and just like that, we were under dry skies from the beginning to the end of the 3 mile round trip to the top of Rogers Pass. The highlight of this hike was presenting Mary Nichols with her 500 mile award. Unbeknownst to Mary and to make sure she had truly reached the 500 miles, the group continued on with her across the top of the pass along the Continental Divide Trail to a cairn designated by Katie that would guarantee her 500 mile total. Once we had returned to the bottom, Susan Woyth presented the award, and we shared cookies and a good laugh over the extra trek to the cairn.
Who went: Mary N, June, Christi, Susan W, Amber, Rose, Spardha