Matthieu Lakes

July 30, 1995

If we had all conjured up the perfect day for a hike we couldn’t have pulled up a more beautiful day. Not one cloud marred a piercing blue sky and a cool breeze kept us comfortable all day. We crossed the lava beds across the road from the observatory on Hwy. 242 which was a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail and took us into the Three Sisters Wilderness area which consists of some of Oregon's most beautiful scenery. The trail took us through beautiful forests, above the snow patches and with magnificent views of the Sisters, Mt. Washington, Three-Fingered Jack, Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Hood — all at one sighting. Lunch was eaten by the sparkling clear South Matthieu Lake, and then a loop trip back to the observatory. Our only mishap of a perfect day was when one hiker (who requested anonymity) had to leave the trail for urgent personal business, and his/her bare bottom attracted every mosquito in a 200-mile radius, who zeroed in like a neon target. He/she finished the hike itching and scratching. The situation was soothed a bit by great à la Mode pie at Mom’s Pies on the way home. A picture postcard-perfect hike by a very congenial group of hikers ranging from beginner to very seasoned included Jane Wyman, Kerri Jacquiline, Margee Wright, Mary Millman, Sig Otto, Merlin Hill and trip leader Melanie Clasen.

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