April 25, 1998
Since my life has been very busy, I hadn’t been on an Obsidian hike since I led one last May.
We had a beautiful day at the Cloverpatch trail with the early varieties of wild flowers in the
forest and meadows.
Unfortunately, the last quarter mile of the trail was blocked by a clear-cut in progress.
Looking from the various viewpoints, it is quite evident that the name of the
Willamette National Forest should be changed to the Willamette National Clear-cut thanks
to politicians like Mark Hatfield, Bob Packwood and Les Aucoin.
They certainly did a better job of representing the logging industry than representing
the people of Oregon.
In two and a half miles of trail, there are three clear cuts.
Since it was early in the wildflower season, I encouraged the participants on this hike to
return in three or four weeks to see the later varieties.
We hiked cross-country a short distance to a hillside meadow for our lunch break.
It was a very enjoyable group of hikers.
I would like to give a special thanks to our drivers: Mary Ann Hastings, Joe Scheibe,
Cathy Tilton and Heiner Wagener.
Other hikers were Ann Bohman, Walt Jacobson, Jun-chin Chen, Sandy Lewis, Velma Shirk,
Nola Shurtleff and trip leader Anne Montgomery.