September 13, 2000
of us left Eugene under cloud cover with hopes of finding some sunshine at
higher elevations. We saw brief
glimpses of blue as we drove up the McKenzie, and things looked more and more
promising as we hiked through the woods on the Obsidian Trail, then across the
lava field and along Glacier Creek via Glacier Way Trail. We crossed Sunshine
Meadow and continued on up to a resting and eating stop below Arrowhead Lake.
At this point we were sure that our trip to the summit would be sun
drenched, but this was not to be! By
the time we resumed our journey, the clouds thickened considerably, and as we
continued onward and upward the visibility decreased to less than one hundred
feet at times. We managed to find
the summit anyway, and everyone seemed glad that we had persevered despite the
conditions. Hikers were Peggy Lee
Mathes, Joann Vinton, Holly Sobella and trip leader, Doug Quirk.