This is Justin, Esther (me), Ashley, Jim and the birthday boy himself as we almost reached the top! There was A LOT of snow up there so I decided the view was good enough from there...I'll wait a few more weeks for the rest of the snow to melt. ;)
This is Ben & Jim at the top of the trail...the foot of the waterfall. You may recognize this scene from last summer pics when we first took this hike...but now it was icy and snowy...way cool!
Ben never gets tired of this mountain, named Ben Lomond. It is very dramatic and the snow only enhances the drama...this was our view coming back down the trail.
After our hike, we met up with more friends to celebrate with a couple of other birthday boys.
These are the birthday boys! Don (our pastor), Ben, and Nathan. Don & Ben share April 26th as their birthday and Nathan's is the 21st. So a group of us planned to meet at the Shooting Star Saloon (mentioned in previous blogs) but it was closed for "spring cleaning" which we all found ironic b/c it is NOT known for it's cleanliness. So we looked to our friend Steve to lead us to a good substitute hangout and we were NOT dissapointed by his choice. Kelly 's Roadhouse is a biker bar out on the way to the middle of nowhere.
Seven of us carpooled in Mandy's minivan and the others came in sedans and SUVs...but here we are, all Presbyterian and looking for some beer and food! In the pic is Jim, Ben, Ashley, Justin, Joleen, Kathryn, Elizibeth, Steve, Mandy, Jamie, Nathan & Don.
The inside was really colorful-in everyway you can imagine. I decided not to post any pics of the signs, pictures and other interesting things adorning the walls and bar. :) But we had a great time chatting, playing pool and...
...riding tricycles???? YEP! Kelly himself helped us fix the two trics so we could race them around his outdoor tricycle track. Note the "welcome bikers" sign...hehe...we can pretend, can't we? hehehehehehe
I think all in all, it was a pretty sucessful birthday party. After all, what's a birthday party without a tricycle ride?
Last but not least, here is the best video I had of the races...Justin vs. Jim. Enjoy!