Patterson Mountain

May 30, 2003

Some go to Patterson Mountain for the wildflowers. The variety of habitats, wet meadows, woodlands and a rocky outcrop offer a fine variety but seldom with the sensational blanket of color that other wildflower hikes offer. The intent of May 30th’s hike was not to see wildflowers, but to enjoy a slow and absorbing hike through 2+ miles of old growth huggables. Throughout the hike an almost transparent mist hung hither and yon in the forest, and our Obsidian guest, Danny Baihuber from Salem, felt it intensified the grandeur of the trees. No one seemed disappointed that the Sisters and Mt. Bachelor chose to surround themselves not in the transparent mist but in an opaque one. Instead of gazing at the peaks, the hikers enjoyed lunch gazing at a multitude of white saxifrage blooms. Exploring a little after lunch, someone spotted some deep purple larkspur poking up among the golden lomatium. The glacier lilies of the previous week had declined and pink phlox was beginning to take their place. On the hike back Curtis Irish planted as many of us as he could find in front of Siamese twins about 10 feet in diameter. Patterson Mountain offers a great hike, close to town, with little elevation gain and the possibility of a lovely view and lovely flowers, especially a little later in June. Oh, yes, sometimes leaders should take their own driving directions a little more seriously and they might avoid one of those embarrassing “U” turns on a logging road.. Joining Danny, Nola, Curtis and “U” turn specialist Melody Clarkson were Obsidians Ann-Marie Askew, Dan Bates, Joe Neal, Ruth Romoser, Nola Shurtleff and Sharon Thomas.

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