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844. Mississippi Lake (08/26/12)

Hikers (4): Angelika, David, Kirk, Peter
Distance: 24 miles
Rating: 5 difficulty, 8 beauty
Park info: Henry Coe State Park east of Morgan Hill

Write-up by Peter -- Pictures by Alan W and Peter

This was an old-school INCH hike: low on turnout, high on punishment. Just the way I like it.

Hike report card:

Big Henry kicked our collective asses once again. As I told David after the hike, "Another little piece of me died at Henry Coe today". Prior to the hike, Kirk had told me he was going to do the second half of the Mississippi Lake double-header next week, but after the hike he was having second thoughts. I'm wagering he'll do it. INCHers have a short memory. Why else would we keep doing the same miserable hikes over and over again, expecting different results?

Early morning fog down below as we slog up the hill

The hike up Willow Ridge was deceptively easy. Big Henry was just setting us up.

My role model: This thing has not moved for the 15+ years I've known it

After going through the Meat Grinder, aka Interior Route, David turns a whiter shade of pale

All's well that ends

David's 320th leaf

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