Little Nash to Fish Lake

February 24, 1985

How the scheduled XC ski trip from “Hoodoo to Fish Lake” became the “Little Nash Crater to Fish Lake” trip— We left Eugene under an overcast which became a wet downcast. We were able to leave a shuttle car at Fish Lake and check on the snow conditions. We then stopped at Little Nash Crater to check the situation; the weather was still not serious enough to cancel the trip. We then drove up to Hoodoo. The weather was now serious with visibility not good and worsening, a cold wet wind chill factor, and horizontal rain squalls. The situation was determined not to be the best way to start a ten mile one way trip. So down the hill we went to the Little Nash Sno-park. The weather here was not too threatening. The group was given some choice and responded with a ‘GO’ for a six mile trip to Fish Lake.

We started on skis at 11:30 a.m. The snow was excellent for traveling with both good kick and very fast glide. We experienced a few squalls but they were not too bothersome. We even observed a few blue patches of sky and sunlight. After approximately two miles of moderate uphill, the rest of the trip was one long downhill run after another. Because of the fast slide conditions the trip was easily completed in time for a leisurely stop later at “Mom’s Pie” restaurant. From the comments, I guess we wrung out a good trip out of what could have been a wet, lost day.

Skiers were Dick and Elaine Barrar, Lauretta DeForge, Madeleine and Winfrid Liepe, Ellen Lind, Herb McMurtry, Marie Street, Leigh Williams, and leader Al Niems.

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