Willamette Pass (Gondola Ride)
August 10, 2004
It was a warm August morning when Obsidians and guests left
VRC for a day up at Willamette Pass Ski Area to ride the gondola.
A rest stop was at the Middle Fork Ranger Station.
It is a beautiful facility.
We left via Westfir, stopping at the Officer Covered Bridge, then
to our next stop the Willamette Fish Hatchery where we found fish
jumping, birds singing, a new viewpoint platform to see the salmon,
and a nice museum with aquarium and display of mammals, and much
more including coffee and goodies by the Hospitality Committee.
We had only a short delay due to road construction.
It was another nostalgic stop for me as I remember my early downhill
skiing days with warming hut, a tiny snack shack, rope tows and
patrolling the Bunny Slope.
The Wiper Corp. has completed a miracle, making the area into a
wonderful recreational facility.
We were royally greeted by staff at the Pass.
Everyone rode the gondola, many staying at the 6666-ft. Eagle Peak
to enjoy the view, eat lunch, hike around and just visit.
Two o’clock we boarded the bus for Salt Creek Falls, another
favorite of mine.
Then we cruised down to Oakridge’s D.Q. for refreshments
before a quiet ride into Eugene by 5:00 p.m.
We initiated another new Oregon Coachways driver, Sam Zimmerman,
who was beginning to contribute and talk before the day was over.
A good — no, great — time was had by all.
Betty & Lloyd Bissell,
Mary Lee Cheadle,
Dianne & Phyllis Hulse,
Ben & Pat Jeffries,
Dick & Janet Speelman,
Liz Reanier, leader.