First Hike of 2010 and "Hike Club" is off to a great start for the new year.

What a great day for a hike it was today, started off a bit warmer that the last couple of hikes had been.  There was no ice today but it did get a bit colder as we got up-towards Leechtown. We actually had along an extra body today another friend decided to join us for our hike and rant and just all around great few hours of replenishing the soul. After a minor discussion well at my instance anyway we have come to call our little hikes especially ones when others join as the “Hike Club” and the first rule about “Hike Club” is that whatever is discussed at “Hike Club” stays at “Hike Club”.

Great scenery you can see right from the campground area of the potholes.

Great scenery you can see right from the campground area of the potholes.

It’s kind of like a great trip to a shrink but doesn’t cost as much and you get the great benefit of getting into shape at the same time.  I highly recommend this type of therapy for everyone out there, on top of getting into shape you also get to see great scenery like this. You can check out the map of todays hike from runkeeper here, or you can download the quick link to place it right into your Google Earth program here.

Wide angle of the river rocks I will be watching and taking a shot of on each hike.

Wide angle of the river rocks I will be watching and taking a shot of on each hike.

So back to the hike we left the parking lot at the usual spot and headed up to Leechtown. For today’s hike we only did 13.5k mostly because we had a nube with us today and we wanted to go easy on him. I did get a few decent pictures today and I now have a goal for some of the pictures I take. Like for instance this set of rocks on the river, if you look back at the other posts on our hikes you will see the same set of rocks covered in ice and once where the lower center rock is completely covered.

So as we do this about every couple of weeks I will get some interesting shots of how the river rises and falls depending on how much rain we have had in the previous couple of weeks. This will make tracking the hikes though the seasons more fun and will be great to look back on and see how this area changes sometimes a great amount in only a short couple of weeks.

So maybe for fun we will develop a complete set of rules for “Hike Club” so others can form their own, after all like I have said this can be the greatest therapy going and will cost you a lot less than a shrink.

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