Twenty-four CCLC members, directors, and staff got together on August 12thfor the annual Members Hike and Picnic. It was a beautiful Sunday, and we started early enough to (mostly) beat the heat. We met at the Jefferson County Nature Center, then walked down to the Beaver Brook and continued west on the trail to Rilliet Creek. This is a rugged stretch of trail, but all made it through with no lasting problems. The Rilliet Park Corporation graciously granted permission for CCLC members to hike up along Rilliet Creek through normally inaccessible private land, which they own. Upper Rilliet Creek is private, but is protected by a conservation easement held by CCLC. It was a treat for us to be able to show our members this beautiful hidden valley that is normally off limits to hikers. After a picnic by the creek, under huge ponderosa pines and blue spruces, most participants were transported back to the Nature Center in vans except for a hardy few who walked back along the trail. This was a great chance for our members to see what they are helping to preserve and for all of us to meet and talk about our common preservation interests. Next year we hope to do the Members Hike and Picnic in early June to catch the Spring wildflowers, showcasing a different segment of the Beaver Brook trail. We will send out an email notification to let you all know when it will be.