February 28, 1993
The day could not have been a more favorable harbinger of great spring skiing to come: warm air,
clear blue sky, and good snow.
Sun drenched our way for the full 12-mile round trip from the time we took off from the Ray Benson
SnoPark, around 10:15 a.m., until our return about 4:20 p.m.
Lunch came with a panoramic view from the top of Cache Mountain about 1:30.
There was debate among the experts present about the composition of the panorama, but those in the
know identified Mounts Jefferson, Washington, Three Fingered Jack, the Sisters, Broken Top
and maybe Hood along with Belknap Crater, Black Crater and Little Brother.
I organized the trip as a combined outing for Obsidians and Nordic Ski Club members:
However, to say I led the trip would be misleading.
Given the combination of members’ knowledge of the area and venturesomeness, I followed the
group and its majority rule.
Consequently we departed where possible from the prescribed ski route and fashioned a course that
circumvented trashed Nordic and ski mobile trails.
The result was an enjoyable backcountry-like journey on untrammeled snow from a new perspective.
Images of that outing remain with me and I thank fellow Obsidians Leona Devine, Bob Devine
and Andy Thompson and seven Nordic Club members for helping to create a rewarding experience.