Dog Creek Indian Cave

May 1, 1992

In the S.E.H.S. parking lot, I started off our day with my sermon on the importance of maps. In my value system, it is an unnecessary risk to go out in the forests without knowing your location. I put the name of the map on my signup sheet to encourage people to bring the correct map and learn how to use it. A map is also convenient in getting to the trailhead and returning home. As a group, I don’t think we should facilitate sheep-like dependence during our outings. We were fortunate to have beautiful weather and an abundance of wildflowers on this trip. While the kalmiopsis leachiana was a little past its peak season, everyone enjoyed seeing this rare flower. While we lunched in the rock shelter with its Native American pictographs, we enjoyed an explanation of these pictographs from Bonnie Manheim as well as a commentary on the geology from Ewart Baldwin. It was wonderful for us to have the benefit of their knowledge. It adds so much to my life to get acquainted with people as interesting as the participants on this trip: Ewart Baldwin, Joyce Deters, Donna Goles, Ray Jensen, Dale Lindamood, Marie Loom, Leona Maltz, Bonnie Manheim, Marilyn & Royal Murdock, Judy Orell, Lloyd Plaisted and Velma Shirk. Even though this trail is less than four miles round trip, it has some steep and treacherous spots! The combination of kalmiopsis, pictographs and natural rock sculpture make it a spectacular destination this time of year. Thanks for joining me: Anne Montgomery (leader).

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