Mt. Nebo, Wendling

December 28, 1980

The Third Annual Mount Nebo Trek “attracted” seven hardy participants!! Wispy fog made the short drive out of town almost spooky and a little uncertain. Nebo (3,407 ft) is the highest point in Georgia-Pacific’s extensive tree farm starting at the ghost mill-town of long-ago Wendling in the Mohawk Valley. A short distance into our hike, The Law (Lane County Sheriff’s Forest Patrol Deputy Justin Jenkins) appeared and requested credentials. Credentials were eventually checked and OK’d, and we were even offered a ride (in the Paddy Wagon?) to our destination! Ride declined, with thanks! Above the fog now, and at the Geological Lookout, our extended lunch was enjoyed in near-perfect sunshine (in contrast to this time last year when lunches were hurriedly gobbled in pouring rain, freezing temperatures and nil visibility. Remember?) This day all the major peaks were clearly in view (especially Mt. Hood). A quick look at the old Fire Lookout site on another of Nebo’s several peaks, and we returned via Windy Point, extending our mileage 18 to 20, and “Downtown Wendling’ was reached just before dark. Fog in the valley again accompanied our short drive homeward. “Nebo Trekkers” were Jonathan Cecil, Bob Foster, Ellen Gradison, Betty Legris, Dave Predeek, Charles Wright, and leader John Cecil.

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