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MT. WASHINGTON EAST SIDE
"You can't miss it!" said leader Dave Burwell, and he didn't, but the rest of us durn near did. Just over the McKenzie Pass you turn left and go along a dusty bumpy road to Dugout Lake. There we took off cross-country, following nothing but deer trails and Dave's excellent instinct as a woodsman and guide.
We were headed for a small lake very near the timberline of Mt. Washington, and Dave didn't miss it. A very interesting leader, Dave. He gave the hikers a good education in forestry all along the way. Had lunch on the shore of this beautiful lake, and received several flashes from the climbers on top of Mt. Washington. After eating and resting a bit, we hiked to the East timberline of Mt. Washington. There some pictures were taken and we proceeded down the canyon of Dry Creek. Glissading from the timberline snow fields provided some real thrills, and a large array of wet posteriors as the descent was long and steep. Following the creek the next few miles still cross-country was a real hiking treat. Dry Creek was far from dry, and we stopped to drink of its refreshing water many times, as well as to view the many falls it formed on its way down the valley. The last few miles were by trail, and about 3 P.M. we reached Dave's pick-up truck for hauling back to our cars at Dugout Lake. On the return trip however, Dave showed us a huge cave. None of us had known of its existence right here in our own back yard. After leaving Skylight Cave we toured to our cars and headed for home. Conversation all the way back was of the fine trip. "Trippers" were: Clarence & Dorothy Scherer, Lloyd & Bev Lindley, Catherine Dunlop, Helen Hughes. Keith Brunig, Henry Carlson, Ray Cavagnaro, Ethel Michaud (New Mexico visitor), Lee and Dave Burwell.
MT ADAMS - JULY 3-4-5
The holiday found a group of Obsidians in the vicinity of Mt. Adams. Leader Joe Daniel registered at Trout Lake Ranger station, Gene Sebring, Tom Bricher. Bob Northrop. Mario Gutierrez. and Bob Pfeiffer. Left camp for the climb at the cold hour of 4:20 A.M., reaching the peak at 3 P.M. The snow was ideal, Joe says, and, while the weather was clear, the cold wind on the summit blew at somewhere around 60 to 80 mph (and that's no wind!). Each climber spent about two seconds on top, as the shelter was iced over and the sign-up book deep in snow. On the return the gang met two Richland Washington climbers who failed in their attempt to reach the top and became lost on their descent. Obsidians did their duty and returned the folks to the proper trail. The total time hiking was 14 hours and about 23 miles were covered.
CASTLE ROCK - JUNE 13
Fifteen eager folks left Eugene at 8 A.M. arriving at the East Fork trail-site about 10 A.M. There is no doubt the trail goes "up" for about six miles, but boy, what beautiful miles! Leader Mike Stahl had his Geiger Counter along and tested the rocks - yep -- for uranium. He found a lot of "ribbing" but no uranium. Reached the lookout by 1 P.M. for lunch. Dorothy Stahl had spoiled everyone's appetite however by passing around a box of crackers at each rest stop. The day was overcast, and threatened rain (but not a drop fell) but Oregon never looked greener as we viewed the surrounding country from the Lookout. The trail down, and it is a good one, was made with less "puff" per mile than the ascent. Dean Patterson and Helen Hughes hostessed the hikers with cake and coffee at the Patterson Summer home on the McKenzie. It was Rick's birthday and all enjoyed the refreshment the celebration provided. Those enjoying the hike, and the fireside refreshments were Ray Sims, Bob Northrop, Keena Shaw, Dean Patterson, Rick Pittman, Keith Brunig, Tim Moriarity, Bernie Lehrman. Dorothy, Pat and Mike Stahl, Henry Carlson, Helen Hughes, Nadine Michelson, Ray Cavagnaro.
HARDESTY MOUNTAIN - JUNE 6
After a slight delay caused by a misunderstanding as to which trail was the easiest - Switzer Creek Trail or Hardesty. the climb got underway. Leading the trip were: Margaret Markley, Bob Medill. Mary Kaneen, Adeline Adams. Bette Hack, and Nina Lynn Harmon, Junior member, and granddaughter of Bob Medill. The question of who was the best leader was never settled as there was a vote of one for each leader. The group still full of boundless energy after the six mile climb..... reached the Lookout about 2:11 P.M., and all agreed the trail through the forest thickly covered with moss covered rocks, vine maple, every wild flower conceivable in blossom. vari-colored Rhododendron, and giant fern, was the most beautiful seen for a long time. They also agreed they wouldn't have missed it even If after viewing the panorama below from the Lookout, they noticed a road whereon they surmised they could have driven within a few miles of the Lookout.
MCLOUGHLIN - JUNE 27
Bob Medill led the group, followed by Gene Sebring, Bob Pfeiffer, Mario Gutierrez (fellow from Argentina) the two Schepmans, Bob Northrop, and Keena Shaw, and Lloyd Plaisted.
The stalwarts left camp at 6:30 A.M. and reached the summit at about noon, although the weather was very disagreeable, and the trail was hard to find because of the crusted snow. From base camp to the summit of the peak is some 6 miles, and the climbers did very well - no ropes being necessary.
LAVA BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT
JULY 3-4 -5
Just a nice carload took this holiday trip, and judging from the fine time they had, it really is too bad more folks couldn't have journeyed along. Margaret Markley was pilot - ably assisted by co-pilots Thelma Watson. Bertha Deckmann, and Nellie McWilliams. The gals report an interesting museum is in the park and several large caves to explore. The interest here is geological mainly, and the variety makes it enjoyable to the layman. They found a wonderful camp ground to enjoy and nice trails to hike. One night was spent on the shore of beautiful "Lake of the Woods." Some man entertained them with a giant fireworks display on the evening of the "fourth." The return trip was via Crater Lake for a quick look at this old favorite.
Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt, crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear. with its hopes and invitations. to waste a moment on the yesterdays.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
PICNIC AT CASTELLOE'S IN BAILEY HILL
POTLUCK 6:30 P.M.
Thursday, July 29
EVERYBODY WELCOME . . . BRING YOUR TABLES AND CHAIRS
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