Potato Hill

March 18, 1979

Five ski-laden pilgrims met at SEHS parking lot at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 18. Oregon was drizzly (that’s news?). The weather reports, however, promised snow above 4000 feet, so the pilgrims were undaunted in their determination to reach their goal. The announced goal and the ultimate goal turned out to be two different places. We had hoped to ski up the old McKenzie Highway to Proxy Falls, but the snow in that area was uncooperative, and, since we did not want to ski on bare blacktop, Proxy Falls was scratched and we decided to go up Potato Hill and try to fantasize eating lunch by Proxy Falls. We left SEHS parking lot at 8:45 a.m.; arrived at Potato Hill parking area at 10:30 a.m. Snow was good—a few inches of day old snow on a hard base. We gained the cleared area at the summit about 11:45 a.m. The slopes were in great shape and we all joyously schussed down over and over. We had light snow on the way up—broken clouds later—no mountains visible. Ate lunch, generously sharing with one of our number who managed to leave pack and lunch at home. We concluded that some people will go to any extreme to keep from carrying even a day pack. We left for the downhill run home about 1:00 p.m., arriving at the cars about 1:30 p.m. Back at SEHS parking lot about 3:10 p.m. We found it difficult, nay, impossible, to fantasize lunch beside Proxy Falls, but the trip was enjoyed by all, anyway. Pilgrims: Tim Cook, Steve Scarich, Joella Hadland, Dorothy Turner, and leader Jack Ewing.

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