Oppie Dildock Pass

August 8, 1992

Despite forecast of rain in the Cascades the day began bright and sunny in Eugene and continued that way — sunny, but not hot. By 9:30 we had found a parking place in the Frog Camp lot. Judging by the number of cars there we wondered if there would be any solitude in the wilderness that day. However we only encountered two horseback riders until we got to Minnie Scott Springs where a large group (all women) were having lunch. On the way the meadows were on the dry side, but still there were a few flowers in bloom. The lookout point at Oppie Dildock Pass was a little windy so after a good look at the peaks to the north we left and lunched a bit further on. As the rest of us sat and watched, Vi Johnson gazed longingly at the trail to the Collier Glacier overlook before deciding not to make the side trip. So we continued on to Sunshine Camp where there wasn’t a soul around when arrived. But that didn’t last long. First a solitary hiker appeared, then about a dozen Mazama members on their way to Arrowhead Lake. On the way out we continued to meet people going in. At White Branch River there wasn’t a drop of water which made for a dry-foot crossing. By 5:30 we were back at the car. A pleasant day ended for Diana Cantwell, Wanda Cawein, Vi Johnson and Richard Heinzkill (leader) by finishing off the last tin of black and blue pie at Vi’s Pies.

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