Link Lake

January 22, 1978

Out of a sign-up/phone-up of 23 people, 28 showed up at the trailhead. We should have asked Helen Hughes to give us a math lesson on that one! In two pickups, one van, one suburban, and one car, we rolled up to the McKenzie Bridge Store, where we picked up three local residents in another pickup. After a short facilities stop at Harris wayside, we convoyed to Santiam highway for chain-up in sunshine. Convoy proceeded to HooDoo turnout to drop off Dick Barrar, who had arranged a ride with us to pick up a car he had left there the previous day. We finally arrived at trailhead one hour late to meet Glenn & Pat from Corvallis. Clarence Landes emphasized that this was not just a snow party; it was a convention! Due to having skiers of varying degrees of experience, and snowshoers too, we just departed down the trail very informally. Approximately 16 people reached Link lake for lunch about 1:20 in sunshine, which lasted about 5 minutes. Weather did not cooperate for optional trip beyond lake for advertised view of Mt. Washington. We returned to obstacle course created by bridge washout and blowdown. Party returned to cars in several groups from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Bumper to bumper traffic at 5 MPH in snowstorm to Santiam “Y” allowed time for seven convention sub-committees in seven vehicles to discuss who knows what. Skiers and snowshoers were Mary Bridgeman, Carol and Lonnie Bourgerie, Peter, Cecil, Donn Chase, Jerry Christensen, Dorcas Haines, Dorothy Hayes, Pat Horton, Helen Hughes, Clarence Landes, Joe Lowry, Leona Mattson, Glenn Meares, Ann Raftree, Henrietta Richmond, Aaran & Kevin Riddle, Rick Sanders, Clarence & Dorothy Scherer, Lois Schreiner, Ted Stern, Cathy & Rod Stroh, Merle Traudt, Dorothy Turner, and leader Wes Prouty. Whew!

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