Quartzville Creek Snowshoe

January 21, 1989

Obsidians seem to be getting very lazy about snowshoeing but three Europeans showed up for the trip. The dubious party of four left Eugene at 8 a.m. in pouring rain. It rained all the way to the end of the plowed road at the Albany mine road junction. Then the rain stopped briefly. We started the trip there, along Quartzville Creek. It started to snow and it continued to snow during the entire trip. We explored side roads #805 and #808 until noon, had a fast lunch with wet snow falling, and headed back to the truck. The wet snow was packed just right for good snowshoeing. I did notice that my 20-year-old green mountain wooden bearpaws stayed on top better than the narrower aluminum rentals that the others were using. After pie and coffee, at the Pointe Restaurant, we were back in Eugene by 4 p.m. Annemarie Bauer is here from West Germany doing research. Ari and Miria Kotilainen are from Finland. Ari is here for one year as an Engineer for the Weyerhaeuser pulp division. The leader was Wes Prouty, the old woodbutcher from Mohawk.

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