Hiking Season Comes to an End
The Sedona Westerners officially end their hiking season with a cookout at Red Rock State Park on Thursday, May 12. There will be burgers, brats, veggie burgers, salads, and the Westerner's most famous baked beans. Less we not forget, no cookout would be complete without dessert!
The most important item for the agenda is awarding the “Energizer Bunny”. Each year the “Energizer Bunny” is given to the person who has participated in the most hikes with the Westerners during the hiking season. As the season progresses there is always a speculation as to who will earn this honor. Last year Hadji Hadji-Agha out hiked his wife, Marion, the previous bunny holder, and took home the honors. So the question this year…will the Bunny be returned to Marion or another unknown dark horse?
There will also be discussions about various hikes taken: all the minor scrapes and injuries with Curt Kommer (physician) coming to the rescue; all the cactus barbs that were gotten in the most unfortunate areas; the hike leaders that got us a bit off track and as a result we had to fight with the cat claws; the daring hikes that we completed but didn’t think we would ever be brave enough to do; the new hikes that we are anxious to repeat; our favorite hikes and why; and all that local gossip.
As the party winds down each Westerner is off to plan more hikes for the off season. Many return to their second homes to hikes throughout the United States and Canada. Some full time Sedona residents will continue with hikes in the area but taken earlier in the day. There are also some wonderful hikes in Oak Creek Canyon that are cool enough to do all summer long, West Fork being one of the best. Others hikers feel the best way to train for hiking in Sedona is an adventure climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Tour de Mont Blanc, or Mount Everest. If you don’t feel up to the travel, there is always Mount Humphreys in Flagstaff.
During the summer the Hike Bosses will schedule hikes for the 2011-2012 Hiking Season. There is one Boss for each of the six hiking groups; Ambler, Drovers, Doggies, Mustangs, Trackers, and Rough Riders. It is also their job to find hike leaders for each hike. Although the schedule will be finalized and posted on the Web-site by the end of August, there will be changes throughout the year. The weather has the biggest impact on the hikes but occasionally there are other unexpected issues.
The Westerners always welcome new members. If you are interested in joining the club, log onto our website: www.sedonawesterners.org. We hope to see you next hiking season starting September 2011.