Yapoah Crater

August 4, 1982

Marvelous weather prevailed throughout our sojourn in the Three Sisters Wilderness from the moment we stopped at the McKenzie Pass trailhead at 10:00 a.m. We had anticipated a hungry mosquito population, but they were few, actually outnumbered by the wildlife that joined us at lunch, a friendly geography teacher from Albany, a darting hummingbird, and some enormous ants who shared our spaces on the fallen trees where we perched to eat while enjoying a fine view of the crater’s crest which our speedier trail members had already climbed. We all made it eventually, then reluctantly headed north and down again, admiring anew the splendid lava formations etched against the still-remaining snow, views of the Sisters, and that blue, blue sky. Coral mushrooms spotted on the way in were gathered on the way out; Ellen Gabheart, the trip’s resident artist, also carried out some fine sketches for future paintings, and everyone brought back memories of a perfect wilderness day. Visitors from across the country, Varrell Minarich from Naples, Florida, and Chris Minarich, New York City, joined local hikers Nancie Fadeley, Ellen Gabheart, Wilbur Groner, Betty Legris, Marshall Pallett, Ruth Romoser, Ellen Tracy, and leaders Dallas and Jack Cole.


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