Pine Mountain Observatory

October 27, 1979

Because I underestimated the driving time, we arrived at Pine Mountain not until dusk and late for our appointment with the personnel there. We hurriedly set up ramp and went up to the 32" telescope where Dr. Kemp was waiting for us. We saw the craters of the moon on the television screen that pictures what the telescope is focused on. After looking at that and at some stars through the smaller (24") telescope, we went back to camp and cooked our fashionably late dinners. Then, back to the telescope for our 10 o’clock appointment with Dr. Kemp. He explained a little of what he was doing and let us look through the big telescope at more stars, including parts of the Andromeda Galaxy. Because of the cold, we didn’t tarry as long as we might have otherwise.

Thanks to Al and Mike Niems and their cozy camper, we didn’t freeze to death. When the cold became intolerable, we went to visit them and thaw out. We woke up in the morning to find ourselves in a snowstorm. Needless to say, we ate our breakfasts quickly, packed up and left Pine Mountain. Five antelope were running in the fields, just for our viewing pleasure. Two thousand feet down the mountain we discovered glorious sunshine and found that our snowstorm was due to a small cloud Pine Mountain was wearing for a hat. From there, we meandered home with stops at Bend for hot coffee, at the headwaters of the Metolius, the bridge at Camp Sherman to feed the fish, and lunch at the headwaters of Jack Creek.

Except for the cold, it was a great trip because of the people along. Those attending were Jack Ewing, Joella Hadland, Dorothy Hayes (leader), Karen Houglum, Glenn Meares, Al and Mike Niems, Bea and Wes Prouty and Merle Traudt.


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