Opie Dilldock

September 16, 2007

This was a good day to be reminded of Opie Dilldock, a famous 1900s cartoon character for whom this pass was named. He had a reputation of finding his way out of difficult situations. The difficulty in finding a pass from the lava fields to White Branch led Dee Wright and Ralph Engels to honor the pass with his name.

We too had some difficulty in finding our way because of fog and cold. It’s a long journey and we were only briefly rewarded with views of the North and Middle Sister. The weather was at its worst when we got to the pass. We hunkered down, shielded from the wind, for a brief lunch. We decided not to extend the loop to Collier Glacier View. As we descended the weather cleared and the North Sister was a majestic site. The view of the Middle Sister from Sunshine was equally beautiful.

Hikers were members: Jim Fritz, Laurie Funkhouser, Dick Hildreth, Daphne James, Sam Miller, Rich Romm (leader), Chris Stockdale, Kaushik Vaidyanathan and Elle Weaver; and nonmembers: Denise Butler, Mardel Chinburg and Marcia Saltz.

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