Tam McArthur Rim
August 17, 2000
The hardest part of the entire hike was walking barefoot across
the sharp pebbles into the cool, clear water of Three Creek Lake after
we returned hot and dusty to the trailhead. But was it ever worth it!
It was my first swim in a mountain lake this season. Sixteen
people had signed up for this hike in the Three Sisters Wilderness,
four more than allowed by law. Rather than counting on enough no-shows
to bring the total down to twelve, or otherwise having to leave the four behind, I
asked Ed Lichtenstein (No. 14 on the sign-up sheet) if he’d be willing
to lead a second group with the stand-bys. He was, and proposed to
call them and ask them to leave at 8:00 a.m. to put an hour’s worth
of distance between the two groups on the trail, thus meeting not
only the letter but the spirit of the law. We’d surely meet them
on their way back down the mountain. Well, we never did run into them,
and I’m eager to read Ed’s trip report. Our own group of nine
(three had canceled) left at 9:00, with six in Dan’s van and three
in my car. Both drive and hike went without a hitch. Early into the
hike we had to step off the trail for two riders on nervous horses
(or was it two nervous riders?). Wading uphill in almost ankle-deep white
dust we could smell the recent passage of the horses, later followed by
the “suspicious odor” (Sullivan) of fuzzy flowers called “dirty sox”.
But the view from the top was a feast for our eyes, and our sense of
taste was pleasantly stimulated by Maggie’s bar of Icelandic chocolate.
Delayed a little by our swim in the lake, we caught up with the other
six in the Depot Deli in Sisters. I had a bowl of thick, spicy lentil
soup with sausage and garlic stix, plus a cup of road coffee ($4.50),
and helped Richard eat his wonderful, greasy French fries (with peelings).
We were back in Eugene at 7:20 p.m. The nine Tam McArthur Rimmers were
Dan Bates, Max Brown, Barbara Bruns,- Maggie Gontrum, Richard Sundt,
Jim Fritz, Ellen Lembach, Paulette Montplaisir
(pronounced “Mt. Pleasure” in this country) and Helmut Plant, leader.