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Mesahchie Mark
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PostFri Mar 30, 2007 11:23 am 
Dirty Harry's Balcony:  3/29/07
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TNAB adventures continue...

There's been a running joke with the group about what would happen if everyone on the TNAB distribution list (over 100 now) showed up at once for hike.  Well, for Dirty Harry's Balcony, we got a glimpse of what that scenario would be like...

We had 21 hikers and two dogs on the hike.  Wowza!  I needed a scorecard to keep track of everyone.  smile.gif

The LARGE turnout was probably due to a couple factors: First, people are wanting to break out of the winter blahs and hit the trails again. Second:  The day was exceptionally warm and sunny for late March.  I was reading temps near 70F on the Eastside!

The hike, which starts just outside the gate to the Fire Training Center off exit 38, began about 6:00 PM.  Dacker (Rick) showed us a climber's shortcut that shaved a couple minutes off of road travel.  The hiker horde methodically made it's way to Dirty Harry's Road, which is rocky as usual, and a bit damp with runoff from snowmelt.

The advance force arrived at the Balcony within an hour.  We milled about, took in the views, ate food and drank beverages.  The nicely waxing moon made an appearance.  McClellan Butte was prominent in our field of vision.

A small group with excess energy to burn took off in a fruitless search for Dirty Harry's Museum (I still haven't seen it).  By dusk, we gathered up our gear and headed back.  We we all out by 8:30 PM or thereabouts.  Good hike, nice weather, and a great bunch to hike with!

Here's a list of the hikers and who they dragged along:

(4)John (Moosefish): daughter Lilly, neighbor Jeremy, and Tokul (canine)
(4)Natalia (Kayakbear):  friends Avey, Cameron and Jeff
(4)Chris (Magnum):  Invited Heidi, who invited Keleigh and Steve
(2)Don (Malachai Constant):  daughter Jessie
(2)Yet:  Invited Rick (Dacker)
(2)Joanna (Whitedog):  Banjo (canine)
(5) Loners:  Alexei (Magellan), Bryan, Damon, Daniel and Yours Truly

Next Hike:  Cedar Butte/Twin Falls.  How many will turn out then?  Stay tuned...

Cheers,
-Mark

BTW:  Pics to follow
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Solo Steve
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PostFri Mar 30, 2007 11:44 am 
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Sheez, and you guys talk smack about the size of Mountaineers' groups!   lol.gif

Sounds like you've got a great thing going there!
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Mesahchie Mark
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PostFri Mar 30, 2007 11:53 am 
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Yeah - next time, I'm making everyone wear name tags   agree.gif

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PostFri Mar 30, 2007 4:00 pm 
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Sorry I couldn't join you guys.  I was hosting a dinner for work and staring our the window wiching I was with this group.  Sounds like fun.
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PostFri Mar 30, 2007 4:07 pm 
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Layback, perhaps next week?


And yes, pics to follow! I took a ton of them. I'll post some tomorrow when I'm back at work.  embarassedlaugh.gif
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PostFri Mar 30, 2007 4:50 pm 
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Yet wrote:
Layback, perhaps next week?

I'm in unless it's a torrential downpour.  Mist won't keep me away.
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PostFri Mar 30, 2007 4:53 pm 
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A few from last night
Butte
Butte
Mob
Mob
Brownies :borank:
Brownies borank.gif

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PostFri Mar 30, 2007 5:20 pm 
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"One more?" (asking for another SHiB aka Special Hiking Bite aka M&M)

Yes, she got more than one more.
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PostFri Mar 30, 2007 6:07 pm 
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Watched you guys parade past me as I was changing out of my hiking gear.  Good thing you didn't stroll by a few minutes later or you might have caught me with my pants down, so to speak.   clown.gif

I was the one behind the blue Jeep Liberty a few dozen yards form the TH.  Said to myself, that has got to be the TNAB folks!  Looked like a fun group.  Glad you guys were able to make it out on such a nice day. up.gif

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PostFri Mar 30, 2007 6:21 pm 
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Solo Steve wrote:
Sheez, and you guys talk smack about the size of Mountaineers' groups!   lol.gif

She couldn't make it!   tongue.gif

Anyway, here's a few more for the photo parade...

Up the valley, source of the wind
Up the valley, source of the wind
Moosefish and Little Fish
Moosefish and Little Fish
Yet, Bryan, Magellan (background: Steve, Heidi?)
Yet, Bryan, Magellan (background: Steve, Heidi?)
Canine contingent
Canine contingent

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PostFri Mar 30, 2007 9:07 pm 
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Hey thanks so much for the great time guys!  That was the most fun an eclectic group of 20+ can have.  Two gals were coming down when we were going up.  I think they claimed to be 'early' TNABers.  Come on out folks, it's a social!

Brownies hockeygrin.gif  up.gif  up.gif
She has the good pictures, too!
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PostFri Mar 30, 2007 10:16 pm 
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I had a great time at DHB and got to meet some other NWHikers and a few more TNABers.
I found a headlamp in the parking area after the hike. If the owner can send me a PM I can get it back to ya  biggrin.gif

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PostSat Mar 31, 2007 5:27 am 
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The Gathering
The Gathering
Dacker, Damon, Malachai Constant
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Dacker, Damon, Malachai Constant
And then there were 21 Homo sapiens and 2 Canis lupus familiaris.
And then there were 21 Homo sapiens and 2 Canis lupus familiaris.
And I, Moon
And I, Moon
mountains = love
mountains = love
Where Clouds Come From
Where Clouds Come From
Chris admires Yet's Osprey
Chris admires Yet's Osprey
m&m treats make this little girl happy
m&m treats make this little girl happy
Precious
Precious
kayakbear shows off her pearly whites
kayakbear shows off her pearly whites
kayakbear and friends
kayakbear and friends
Malachai Constant and daughter dear
Malachai Constant and daughter dear
Magellan shows off his route finding skills
Magellan shows off his route finding skills
passing around the brownie plate
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passing around the brownie plate
Chris and Daniel
Chris and Daniel
Lovely Backdrop
Lovely Backdrop

Complete set here.
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PostSat Mar 31, 2007 8:51 am 
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Great pictures!  smile.gif  Lilly is so darn cute!

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PostSat Mar 31, 2007 4:32 pm 
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Hey all!

I was one of the two gals you met coming down while you were on your way up...I'll try to join you next week!

Cheers!

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