June 19, 2011 saw 10 hardy senior backpackers, one young sprout, Scott and two dogs plunge off the road just beyond the power lines that mark the parking area for Hobart Bluff on the Pacific Crest Trail in the Cascade–Siskiyou National Monument. One hiker celebrated her 66th birthday and several fathers celebrate the holiday that began with a disaster.
The first observance of Father’s Day actually took place in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 5, 1908. It was organized by Mrs. Grace Golden Clayton, who wanted to celebrate the lives of the 210 fathers who had been lost in the Monongah Mining disaster several months earlier in Monongah, West Virginia, on December 6, 1907. [Wikipedia]
In addition, the June 19, 2011 was the 66th birthday of 1991 Nobel peace prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi Suu Kyii was also born on the same day in history as our intrepid lady hiker, Chiyemi.
Our day was no disaster but it did see the 6.8 mile hike begin with 4.5 miles of off-trail plunge through woods, meadows, past stream and lake, finally to ascend through pine and fir forest back to the PCT, returning to the cars. Not to be stopped there, we all proceeded to the Greensprings Inn for an early dinner (there were some mighty hungry hikers). We were entertained by the every-third-Sunday bluegrass jam. Some nice pix of the two very pretty youngsters (fiddle, mandolin and vocals) amid a group of 7 or 8 more mature musicians.
Here’s the trip profile provided by Tysen, the GPS guy and One Mile Per Hour club founder.
Beautiful warm weather following a cool, misty Saturday. Our temps were in the 70’s, bright blue skies.