Fall Color Geology Tour
October 14, 1978
Saturday, October 14, was a lovely, warm day for the annual Obsidian fall color
geology trip under the expert leadership of Dr. Ernest Lund, retired professor of
Geology at the University of Oregon.
Enroute up the McKenzie River Highway, Bill Eaton gave information about the EWEB
power project at Leaburg and later in the day about the Trail Bridge Reservoir of
the Carmen-Smith project on the Clear Lake road.
Along the old McKenzie River highway the group walked in a short distance to look
at some ponds formed from natural springs that feed into Lost Creek and later on
a hike to the beautiful Upper Proxy Falls where the water seeps through the lava
to make its way to Lost Creek.
Continuing on the old highway, Dr. Lund explained about the lava flows and the
islands which were seen above the lava.
Farther along there was a short stop to view from the bus Mt. Washington and Mt.
Jefferson, both almost devoid of snow.
The lunch stop was at Cold Springs campground, a very attractive picnic site among
the pine trees near Sisters.
Our last visit was to gushing Sahalie Falls on the Clear Lake road where we came
upon a wedding taking place where visitors usually snap photographs of the falls.
The tour members greatly enjoyed Dr. Lund’s interesting and informative
comments, but missed not seeing more vivid fall colors.
Many leaves from the vine maples had fallen or were withered on the branches,
dark hued; however, here and there one could see a bright spot of dogwood with its
Those participating were
Mary Jane & Duke Arpin,
Birdie & Dick Claypool,
Betty Mae Stamm
with guide and leader Dr. Ernest Lund.