June 4, 1977
It may have been the shortest trip in Obsidian history, but the Tidbits Lookout Trip of June 4, 1977 made up in the quality of its participants what it lacked in hours of travel. The leader, as according to her custom, had scouted the trip on the previous weekend. That day there was from 12–18 inches of new snow at the shelter. It was wet, heavy, and slow going; therefore, the June 4th trip was scheduled to start at 7:00 a.m.
As any intelligent person might have predicted, the snow melted in great quantity that week and the six early risers found that they were hiking along a trail with anemones, yellow violets, trillium and spring queen in full bloom. We left the cars at 9:00 a.m. and arrived at the shelter at 10:30. The snow had melted so much that this week there were patches of bare ground! The trip around the north side of Tidbits was in its usual June snow cover and there was no trail to be found for most of the way. Nevertheless, the small group of experienced hikers had no trouble following each other cross-country through the woods and across the two open snow slopes. We arrived at the top at the strange time of 11:30 when we decided that, since we had reached our destination, it must be time for lunch.
By 12:00 noon we had eaten and sat looking at each other through the mist, cloud and fog which had nagged at us all morning. Deciding that it would be fruitless to wait for some sun, we left the 5,185 foot pointed peak and sloshed through the snow and then through the flowers arriving at the cars at 2:00 p.m. No one seemed to feel we should try another short walk. We were either too out of shape or tired of looking at fog and mist to try something else, so on home we came, arriving in Eugene about 3:30. The hike and day were short but, the hikers were great—all were well prepared for snow, rain and sun; all were good hikers; and the companionship was tops. Those wandering from flowers, to forest, to fog were: Al Gamache, Wilbur Groner, Lois Schreiner, Charlene Simpson, Merle Traudt, and Phyllis Ford, Leader.
P.S. If you want to know who was out of shape, and glad to quit at 2:00, it was the leader!