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
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.