Obsidian Falls

September 1, 1999

Though overused, I don’t know a better word than awesome to describe the scenery, the hikers, the weather. Two to three inches of fresh snow softly blanketed the open spaces above 5,500 ft. in one high elevation meadow, Indian paintbrush poked its ruddy head above the white throughout. The falls could not have been fuller, reminding the trip leader never to judge a falls seen only once. And the Sisters, especially Middle, wearing pristine white aprons in every valley, beckoned us all to put on skis, whether we could ski or not, and weave our way down to Sunshine Meadows. The trip did not begin so auspiciously, as the Rangers had insisted we would need a good map and compass to find the trail in a few places. (This proved not to be true.) All participants agreed to the adventure and never turned back. A great day for Barbara Bruns, Velma Shirk, Dixie Minkler, Debbie Ogborn, Mac Brown, Jim Clarkson, Dick Hildreth (co-support) and leader Melody Clarkson.


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