Paulina Lake/Newberry Crater

February 1, 1981

We left Eugene promptly at 7:15 a.m. and enjoyed a superb sunrise from 30th Avenue to Oakridge. Arrived at the large U.S.F.S. parking lot provided for snowmobiles and skiers at the snowgates of Paulina Lake-East Lake Hiway at 9:45 a.m. Approximately two hours of uphill skiing allowed our very congenial group to have lunch in the sun at Paulina Lake while enjoying a million dollar view of Paulina Peak, the partially frozen Paulina Lake and the huge obsidian flows. We had only two hours free time to explore the area and enjoy the powder snow and sunshine. On the way out of Newberry Crater everyone stopped to view the magnificent Paulina Creek Falls. We should have had an excellent 3-mile run from the falls to our parked cars, but the sunshine had been a little too great so we had to work harder than we had anticipated on the long downhill to the parking lot. Thanks to ten great people the leader enjoyed tremendously on this trip. The eleven X-C skiers were Doris Allen, Mary Ellen de la Pena, Bea Fontana, Sharon Fraley, Wilbur Groner, Margaret Hadaway, Nancy Hutchins, Betty Legris, Dave Predeek, Wes Prouty, and leader Gene Thaxton.

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