Iron Mountain

July 4, 1985

We managed to get out of the way of the Butte to Butte runners (and find parking spaces) by changing the meeting place to 22nd and Patterson. Nineteen flower watchers started up the trail at shortly after 10 a.m. Because spring came early and our trip a week late, we saw different species in bloom. All the white woodland flowers were out. Queen’s cup, Bunchberry, Foam-flower, anemone, also an unusual pink coralroot. Higher up were bluebells and forget-me-nots and one clump of Washington lilies. The alpine slopes were blue with flax, and red with columbine and scarlet gilia being buzzed by hummingbirds. We ate lunch among Penstemons at the lookout, views of the mountains were superb. (Editor's note: We could even see Mt. Adams as well as Mt. Hood far to the north.) Quick stops on the way back cooled us off at Fish Lake (and nearby strawberry beds) and Sahalie and Koosah Falls. Some of the Obsidians along had not seen Iron Mtn. or the falls in years, and decided they’d been missing something. Guests also liked the place.

Flower watchers were Elliott and Priscilla Aronin, Dorinda Bankston, Sue Archbald, Bill and Phyllis Burgard, Dale and June Christiansen, Charles and Gretchen Duncan, Bob Foster, Gladys Grancorvitz, Miki Hutchison, Mary Millman, Saundra Miles, Harlo Perrin and leaders Robin and Ken Lodewick.

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