McKenzie River Trail

June 21, 1987

A rainy summer solstice day reduced the number of persons showing up for the McKenzie River Trail. It was decided to take just one car for the 5 participants, causing a change from the planned car shuttle. Reasoning that the further east we went the less likely we were to encounter rain, we started our hike at the upper terminus, the Old Santiam Wagon Road. Walking around the east side of Clear Lake, we stopped at the cold springs feeding the lake and partook of the water as a ritual celebrating the summer solstice.

It was decided to make the circle around Clear Lake in order to stop at the the resort for something hot with lunches. Two other groups of Obsidians or Obsidian friends were encountered at the restaurant at the resort, and we were seated just as a heavy shower started, which stopped just as we were ready to leave.

After returning to the car, having encircled the lake, we drove to an access to the trail just above Sahalie Falls, and hiked to the spectacular view above the falls. We were back to the car just as the next heavy shower came. Although it was a showery day, we were exposed to light showers and sometimes sunshine and blue skies, being under cover during any heavy shower.

Thanks for stimulating conversation and congenial company who consisted of Genie Currier, Mary Millman, Gladys Grancorvitz, Kathy Ryan and ldr. Bonnie Ledford.


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