Clear Lake

July 12, 1997

This trip was in sharp contrast with my recent hike on the Upper McKenzie. The weather could not have been nicer. Our group firmed up at the last moment to fit into three cars, and we were on our way shortly after 9:00 a.m. We found Clear Lake teeming with boaters — some intent on fishing, and others just going through the motions. The parking lot was so congested we had to park two deep. A number of other hiking groups were encountered on the trail. Most of those we saw were, of course, moving in a clockwise direction as we were hiking on a counter-clockwise course. Our logistics proved to be quite accurate. We arrived at the Great Spring for lunch only six minutes past noon. However, the afternoon leg was such a breeze that most had not worked up an appetite for pie by the time we got back to the cafe. Nevertheless, most had a refreshing beverage before loading up and heading for home. Those participating in this pleasant outing were: Max Brown, Sari Haffner (a visiting university student from Israel), Corinne Hunt, Mary Millman, Suzanne & Ted Shannon, Clarence Townsend, Sheila Ward, Doreen Waggoner and Vernon Barkhurst, leader.

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