Fuji Mountain Shelter

December 27, 1997

After my first Obsidian XC-ski trip this season to Ikenick SnoPark, scheduled originally for December 16, then rained out and rescheduled for December 20, had again been canceled due to rain, this trip finally went as scheduled. The sign-up sheet had only a couple of names on it when I took it down Friday evening but a number of people signed up by phone or just showed up Saturday morning. At 9:10 a.m. three Obsidians and six non-members left the parking lot in Tom’s big gas-guzzling van and my compact car. After rendezvousing at the Pleasant Hill Texaco station and the Dairy Queen in Oakridge (thanks, folks, for buying something so I won’t feel so guilty about dropping nine people in front of their rest room!), we left the Salt Creek Falls parking lot at 11:15, skiing one mile along the access road to the highway (the XC trail behind the heavy, wet snow bank had not been broken yet). The trail to the shelter, however, had been broken, so the only calories we burned were in gaining altitude and distance. By 13:40 or so everybody had made it, with Andy and me having gone back a quarter-mile to look for and bring in the last member of the party. Diamond Peak and Mt. Yoran (I decided to accent the second syllable to avoid a misunderstanding of the name of the mountain) had been visible much of the way up. Now fog was moving in. It was getting colder. It was 14:30 when we left. The soft and heavy snow kept everyone slowed down enough that even the less-experienced suffered fairly few falls. Carefully crossing busy Hwy. 58, we covered the last mile on the access road to the parking lot on mushy snow, with cars slowly passing us, unsure and moving gingerly. By 16:10 we were ready to pull out. The trip sheet said “Return to Eugene by 7:00 p.m.” to allow a visit to Rosalina’s Mexican Restaurant in Oakridge, but the van decided to go straight back. My car, however, stopped and the four of us enjoyed a Mexican feast (I had sopa de albóndiga and a big salad). The mesero was pleased that two of us ordered en español (with Dave adding a few words auf deutsch for good measure). Maybe that’s why we each received a little postre afterwards, compliments of the house? We got back to Eugene before 7:00. I promised those who’d give me their mailing address to send them a photocopy of the Obsidian 1998 XC Ski & Snowshoe Schedule. Participants were Nancy Arnold, Anne Hubbird, Royal Murdock, Tom Peterson, Dave Predeek, Pam Prichard, Andrew Rose, Jon Tressler and Helmut Plant (leader).


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