by John D
NOVEMBER 22, 2010
I got up at 6:30 AM and went out to retrieve the morning paper. I noticed a few snowflakes, but there was nothing on the ground. I checked the latest weather forecast and it did not sound too bad, cold with a chance of a little snow and colder and windy in the afternoon. I read Jack’s e-mail including the part about the longstanding tradition of Goats getting out no matter the weather, but the risk/reward consideration for him was to not go. I decided to give it a go, with the final decision to be made at the Poulsbo meeting place. I left the house at 7:25 AM and noticed that it was now snowing enough to be of some concern. Emergency personnel were responding to a vehicle off the highway. Someone else in a 4 wheel drive truck was attempting to get back on the highway from the median. Hmmm. When I arrived at the meeting place I met Frank and Laura. After discussing the risk/reward considerations we decided that Tunnel Creek did not seem so attractive. Frank suggested Green Mountain. Laura said she had never been there. Green Mountain it was. We left promptly at 8:00 AM. If anyone arrived late, sorry.
I was home by noon. Little did I anticipate events that followed. A trip to Silverdale that evening was a near disaster. We got out of town only by taking alternate routes. The traffic lights were failing. Cars could not get going on the slighest upgrades. It was a mess. We got home just in time for the electrical power to go out. Investigation determined that a large tree had fallen across Erlands Point Road taking out the power, the cable, and the phones. We were trapped. I started up the generator so we could watch the finals of Dancing With the Stars. That is how I learned the the cable did not work. Anyway, all services have been reestablished as of noon today (Tuesday).
The total hike was about 5 miles with a little over 1,000 feet of elevation change. A respectable hike. The tradition is maintained. Glad we did not try Tunnel Creek.
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