September 27, 1980
Twelve souls who proved to be happy, sociable wanderers left the high school parking lot at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27 for the trip up the McKenzie and the Cougar east fork road to the junction of the Olallie Trail. Leader Conant, ever the optimist, forecast on leaving that the valley fog would clear off when we hit the trail. In doing so, he risked his leadership credibility. Fortunately, the intrepid leader’s forecast-proved correct. The trail was in excellent condition. The weather was clear as could be.
On arrival at 12:30 at the lookout, the three members and the others in the company all exchanged exclamations over the view and viewing conditions. We lunched there. We thought of our luck on reading the lookout register book: Every second entry remarked that the hike was well worth it, but the registrant, on his/her hiking day, encountered clouds and could not see a thing. So much for our better luck.
We saw three golden eagles in the 1ocal air space. There were many more wild flowers than one might expect for that time of year. We left the area and headed back about 2:30 p.m. and arrived in Eugene about 4:30. It was a fine group of people — cheerful, sharing the beauty together, and concluding that the entire day could not have been better. All finished the trip handily.
Hikers included: Mary Bentson, Dick Bentson, Sue Bettis, Eaton Conant (leader), Beth Conant, Laurie Jordan, Margaret Hadaway, Dot Leland, Roger Nichole, Harle Perrin, Marty Perrin and Toby Steelhammer.