Jennifer – a friend and former co-worker (now retired too) – was in town to celebrate her dad’s 91st birthday 🙂 and wanted to get in a short hike before the festivities started. With The LovedOne fully involved (over-volunteered) with the library’s quarterly book sale, I was available for a hike too. Jen suggested the Mountain of the Rogue, a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) trail system not far from where her parents live. I hadn’t been there before and a new trail is always interesting. The single-track, flow trails at this BLM site are designed specifically for mountain bikes but some are open to hikers too – you just have to keep an eye out for bikers (we only saw one today). Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t in its happy place, so we did the entire hike under clouds and in mists – a noir vibe without actual rain. We went up the Rat Pack and Darkside Trails to the ravaged old comm site atop Tin Pan Peak and returned via the Sasquatch Trail, for a 7.3 mile, 1,300 feet of elevation gain loop. Cranky weather aside, it was a good hike that gave us time do some catching-up on recent and not-so-recent events.