McKenzie River Trail

November 10, 2004

Despite the fact that this winter hike was scheduled too early to get in the newspapers there were some takers. Fortunately people do check the Obsidian bulletin board at the Y and the Website. It was another foggy day with promises of light rain showers but five eager Obsidians squeezed into the van and away we went. Eventually we left the fog behind, the sky was overcast all day but we did see the Sisters albeit hazily. As planned we parked at the ranger station, crossed the highway & were on our way following the trail alongside the McKenzie. It felt good to be out in the woods and there were no showers so hiking conditions were good. There were still some, mostly yellow, leaves on the deciduous trees, lots of fungi around, and many plants on the under story were gradually dying back. The only wildlife we saw was one squirrel. Twice we heard a bird. We enjoyed a leisurely lunch by Lost Creek before retracing our steps. It was a very pleasant day except for the constant drone of helicopters for a good part of the way. After several guesses at what was going on Dick saw they were removing logs, a rare ten day operation we learned at the ranger station.

Hikers were Daniele Delaby, Dick Hildreth, Marshall Kandell, Barbara Schomaker and Margaret Prentice, leader.

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