July 22, 2001
Three non-members met the leader at the SEHS parking lot under sunny skies.
We were on the trail by about 10:15 after a short stop at the Dee Wright
Observatory. This was the first time to Black Crater for two of the hikers. The
trail was in excellent condition and since we had blue skies we had excellent
views of the Sisters, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington and Black Butte. We saw
pestemon, paintbrush, lupine and cats' ears. I wasn't able to provide the
surprise that three of us saw earlier when I scouted the trip. As we drove
towards the Dee Wright Observatory we saw a man leading a camel! Yes, a camel!
Fellow Obsidian Birgitte Williams was a witness to that event. A good day in
Oregon's Cascades was had by Chris Christensen, Gunni Cherrytree, Bella Shaver
and leader Sandra Larsen.