Crozet Trails: Linkinghole Basin and Soup Party - January 5, 2019

Linkinghole Basin

It was muddy, but the rain had stopped and 15 hikers ventured out on January 5 to meet up and traipse on the Crozet Greenways.  We began at the Western Ridge subdivision club house and followed along the woods to Lickinghole Basin to enjoy the waterfront and many geese resting there.  Marit Anderson was the hike leader and Mark Perschel assisted as sweep.  Marit showed the group the eagle's nest but no eagle were present this day, nor the blue heron that is often seen along the waterway. We continued beside Linkinghole Creek using the Crozet Connector Trail. We followed the detour into Westhall Subdivision briefly, as the Connector Trail is having a walking tunnel installed where the future road will be built towards Rt. 240. We then converged below the dog park at Claudius Crozet Park.  A short break and chocolate were shared.  We backtracked our route and ended up with 6 miles under our belt and a hefty appetite.  That was well timed, because all the hikers proceeded to the home of Marit Anderson and Mark Perschel in Old Trail for soup, adult beverages, crackers and cheese assortment, and desserts.  It was fun to share the time together and meet some new hikers to the PATC group, as well as see old friends. The day also turned sunny and warm, so all were glad to get outdoors. The participants included Nancy Kern, Joan Gilrain, Karen and John Ballen, Margaret Helber, Brooks Fulton, Dennis Templeton, Katharine Maus, David Crowe, CJ Woodburn, Iva Gillet, Marian Styles, and Nancy Handley. A special congratulations on the retirement of Marian Styles and John Shannon (not present)!

Soup party at Marit and Marks' house in Old Trail

We were all a muddy mess after the hike, but no one complained - a testament to this great gang of hikers!

submitted by Marit Anderson

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