October 25, 1981
A bus would have been a more appropriate vehicle for our fall color sojourn
to Black Butte.
Thirty-two hikers convened at Black Butte Ranch before continuing the last
several miles up the rough road to the trailhead about halfway up the Butte.
The drive up the McKenzie Valley and over the pass was a panorama of yellow,
orange, red and Oregon green.
The weather was sunny, warm, and clear with even Mt. Adams visible on the
distant northern horizon.
The recent forest fire on the northeast slope of Black Butte came close but
didn’t damage the old rickety wooden lookout tower.
Hikers on our near-perfect day were Elaine Barnes, Nancy Bowman,
Joella Ewing, Bob Foster, Fran Gnose, Gladys Grancorvitz, Dorothy Hayes,
Merlin Hill, Dee, Kim and Rich Johnson, Betty Legris, Jo Loughery,
Susan Meyer, Joyce Mitchell, Don Payne, Dave Predeek, Parker Riddle,
Lane Rude, Dorothy and Clarence Scherer, Charlene Simpson, Lots Schreiner,
Anne, Floyd and Shirley Smith, Gene Thaxton, Bev Thomas,
Doris and Merle Traudt, and leader Joe Lowry.