August 23, 2003
Group met at Amazon Bus Park and off at 8 a.m. on cool
and slightly overcast day.
Drove by a nearly empty Cougar Reservoir and to Pat Saddle
Fewer clouds by now, but still cool.
Last minute review of route with copies from Sullivan book
and of we go.
And did we go.
Our visitors/non-Obsidians were keen to go and gave us a good pace;
to top by 12:15.
Beargrass bloomed out, but some flowers, and lots of bees, in the
meadows toward the top.
Great views of all the Cascades, few thin clouds on North and
Middle Sisters; but no smoke from the B&B combined fires.
We all scattered around the old lookout hut and all took a quick tour.
Then lunch, water and some map reading, as a new hike for all
but leader and Jim Mooney.
Enjoyed the sun and views for an hour and then down the trail to cars.
Returned to Eugene by 5 p.m.
Great group of hikers.
and Steve Glasly (visiting from Ellensburg, WA),
Ann van den Hanwland,
and Ron Vincent.
Was the third qualifying hike for Karen and Ron, both of whom
filled our Club applications.
and Mark Perrin (leader).