June 9, 2007
The weather forecast accurately predicted cloudy a.m. and showers in
the afternoon. Seven of us met at the South Eugene Parking Lot,
introduced ourselves, and got into the leader’s van. We drove along the
McKenzie River. Construction and long lines of cars slowed our journey.
We continued up the Clear Lake cut-off to the Santiam Pass Highway and
headed west for Tombstone Pass and the eastern trailhead. There were a
very few blossoms past their peak. A few more were in full bloom. Many
more were a couple of weeks away from blossoming out. We hiked up the
the bald openings and enjoyed a good display of wildflowers -- and the
brisk temperatures of a late spring, breezy, cloudy day. We had lunch
and headed back. Hikers were members: Joshua Emmons, Ed Lichtenstein,
Pat Hutchins, Brian Hamilton, Mary Hamilton, Allan Coons, leader, and
nonmember: Nancy Coons.