Thanks so very much for all of the kind wishes in conjunction with my reaching Mountain Goat. I really appreciate the support. SOTA is a great organization that I am thankful to be part of. What a fine bunch of hams.
I started 2017 with about half of the needed activator points and decided that this was the year. It was quite an adventure. I decided to do the Goat with all activations in Oregon. This made a hard task even harder. The Cascade snow melt was late this year, and many 4 point and above summits were essentially unreachable until summer. Then the fires started and many western Oregon trails were closed.
So my XYL and I planned a number of “expeditions” to various parts of the state. This strategy worked, and we got enough higher point summits to qualify for MG. A big thanks to her for planning the trips with me, making lunches and thousands of miles of driving. It gave us a chance to see a lot of beautiful Oregon that we had never seen before. Our Toyota Highlander will never be the same, hi hi. Maybe it was a bucket list thing!