Clear Lake

June 27, 2006

The temperature dropped a few degrees from the previous day’s record high but it was still beastly hot, especially when crossing the lava and in other areas exposed to the blazing sun. Clear Lake was of course as sparklingly lovely as ever. As we made our way around we saw a common merganser, her young on her back, a swan and a river otter. Butterflies were in great abundance. Among the wildflowers we identified were lupine, penstemon, tiger lilies, star flowers, queen's cup, coral root, and bunchberry which carpeted much of the understory. Our lunch spot had a view of the lake, the resort in the distance and the Sisters in the far distance. We refreshed ourselves again at the resort.

By the time we returned to the cars the temperature was in the high 80s and at SEHS it was 95 degrees. Shermin had to drive back to Portland having driven down for the day to hike with us. We hope to see her again. My thanks to Sherwood for providing the second car and to a very enjoyable group of hikers who shared the day with me.

Members: Margo Fetz, Paul Flashenberg, Sherwood Jefferies, Christine Knudsen, Margaret Prentice, Julia Richardson and Nola Shurtleff. Nonmembers: Jennifer Barnes, Shermin Emre and Lynda Godell.

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