Old Baldy

June 20, 1981

We left the McKenzie View Drive trailhead at about 9:50 a.m. Scattered clouds created a somewhat ominous affect but hopes for a “non-rainy” trip were ultimately well founded. As we made our way through pastures and meadows we encountered many unidentified wildflowers, (one was an aged larkspur . . . I think) wild strawberries, many cows and calves, one large bull, a snake and one lethargic lizard. Rain during the preceeding days created rivulets and bogs along our route that we leaped or waded. We reached the top of Baldy at about 11:20 a.m. The clouds obscured our view of the Sisters, but we were able to see the regal Diamond Peak to the south. After a brief lunch and pleasant conversation we headed down to the Coburg Caves for a short side trip. While Ruth and Mary Ellen scrambled around on the rocks, Bev lent her nursing skills to a young man who had cut his hand on a piece of glass. After half an hour of exploration we left the caves for the car. We arrived at the car at about 2:00 p.m. A short, enjoyable outing for Ruth Romoser, Bev Thomas and leader Mary Ellen de la Pena.

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