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Ben Wood Mountain ~ Jan 22, 2015

Journal entry by Donna and Peter Wood



With sunshine and 20 degree weather, 26 crooked caners began our trek to Ben Wood Mountain. This was much better than last years zero degree weather. Microspikes worked well on the packed snow. After walking through the woods we arrived on Pack Forest property and soon on the top of Ben Wood where we had lunch. We were treated to views of Pack Forest Lake and the Hickory Hill ski area in Warrensburg. Hickory Hill is dependent on natural snow and has not seen much use in recent years. Also, you need to be an expert skier to attempt. After lunch and the group picture, we headed back. This time we made a loop and took "Pete's trail", heading toward the shoulder of Tripp mountain. This was longer than our trip in and we totaled 6 miles for the day. We crossed a small brook and saw several well used deer runs. This is evidence that the deer population is thriving. They are also very smart as they managed to avoid Pete and other hunters during the hunting season. On the way down, we had a nice view of Crane mountain and the trails on Gore. Arriving back at the house all kinds of delicious desserts began to arrive. We all enjoyed a deserved rest and wonderful conversation. We are so happy to belong to such a great group. Thank you Lenore, Jack, Mike, Pat, Tom, Sam, Dennis, Nancy, Candi, Ray, Peter, Linda, Joanne, Diane, Margie, Lynn, Liz, Ed, Don, JoEllen, Leon, Karen, Ruth and Jim for a great day.

1/23/15 - Donna Wood added 4 photos.

1/27/15 - Wanderer . added 8 photos.

14 photos



Rest on way to Ben Wood



Group photo on top of Ben Wood - added by Donna



"Subject to Arrest" what did you do Nancy? - added by Donna



View of Crane Mountain - added by Donna



enjoying our treats. - added by Donna



Hickory Hill ski area from top of Ben Wood - added by Donna



Lead group - added by Wanderer



Donna in charge of the sweep - added by Wanderer



Pack Forest Lake - added by Wanderer



Gore Mt - Hi Kurt! - added by Wanderer



Dippikill Ridge (?) - added by Wanderer



Brunch 1 - added by Wanderer



Brunch 2 - added by Wanderer



Brunch 3 - added by Wanderer




Donna & Peter,

I am sure that I speak for all that attended this year's hike - Thank you Peter for leading the group on your "new and improved" route to Ben Wood Mt. and to you and Donna for your hospitality in offering hot drinks and desserts afterwards in your lovely home.

Peter & the Canes

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