July 16, 2006
Fuji Mountain gives the best view of the Cascade peaks for a
nominal investment of time and energy. There was not a cloud in the sky
which promised a great vista. We arrived at the trailhead at l0:15 and
proceeded up the trail through old
growth forest. The trail was clear and dry. There were lots
of pretty blue lupine, also many mosquitos, but we were prepared.
We arrived at the top to find a German couple who were
shooting pictures of the peaks, extending from Mt. Hood in the north to
Mt. Thielsen and beyond in the south, plus Waldo Lake and its
surrounding peaks. The view was spectacular, as
advertised. After lunch we started down about noon. Mosquitos
were no longer a problem. We stopped for a break and found that there were only seven of us.
Where was Sherwood? Rod and Barbara headed up the trail to look for him.
Then Sam remembered that he had gone ahead of us with the German couple.
No harm, no foul. We piled in the cars and headed down the dusty road
to Highway 58 and the DQ in Oakridge, where we stopped for a snack.
and Rod Wood, leader.