As is usual during the Christmas Season, it seems that we spent more than our share of time at the dinner table. When we arrived at Linda and Mario's home on Christmas Eve, Linda had prepared a wonderful meal for us. And of course on Christmas Day we ate well too. By Friday, the 26th, I felt like I was ready to start rolling rather than walking. Mario went to work and the girls and the little ones went to the mall, so Adrian, Daniel and myself decided to work off a few calories--not that Adrian and Daniel really needed to work them off, but I certainly did.
A few miles north of Medford lie two basalt mesas, appropriately named Table Rock. I've hiked Lower Table Rock a couple of times in the Summer, and it's a beautiful area. We decided to see what it is like during the Winter. About a quarter mile or so up the trail as we started into the madrona woods, we ran into a little snow.
As we got higher into the pines the trail was nearly completely covered in snow. It was not deep, but it added Winter beauty to the landscape. On top of Table Rock there was only a couple of inches of snow, but there was lots of water. I wore hiking boots, so my feet stayed dry, but my silly sons wore tennis shoes. By the time we got to the southern end that overlooks the valley, they had cold, wet feet. We stopped and ate a lunch that Linda had packed for us, and then started back down the mountain. It was nice hike, but I must say that I get out of breath a little faster than my boys do. At least my feet stayed warm and dry. We got back to the parking lot just as it started to rain. It was nice to spend some time with Adrian and Daniel, see some beautiful country and work off some calories hiking Table Rock rather than adding more calories at the other table.
(Judy, now you can't complain that I've never written in the blog. Jack)