Tam McArthur Rim

August 15, 2009

Ten eager hikers, three willing drivers and a sunny but cool morning made for a great start for a hike on Tam McArthur Rim. Unfortunately, car problems caught us short of the trail head. Non member, Margaret Bayless, who had been kind enough to volunteer to drive, was stopped by a breakdown just west of Sisters. Not really a disaster, but certainly a pain in the neck! Margaret was prevented from joining us on the hike as she had to deal with her car. Fortunately, we still had room enough in the two cars still running to get our nine remaining hikers on up to the trail head. All this was accomplished with a minimum of time or trouble. What did we do before we all had cell phones?

I had not hiked this trail before. It proved to be a deservedly popular place. We could not have asked for a nicer day. Sunshine, clear skies and a cool breeze combined to make this short, moderate hike well worth the long drive. We shared the trail with many other hikers and took plenty of time to enjoy the great views and take numerous photos while climbing to the marvelous overlook for a leisurely lunch. We could have explored farther up the ridge but opted to keep the hike short in deference to those who had evening plans.

Thanks to the group for joining me and helping to make this a very pleasant outing.

Hikers were Buzz Blumm, Maddie Blumm, Chuck Harpham Sachiko Iwasaki, Lamonte Smith, Ernst Schwintzer, Suzanne Twight-Alexander, Nancy Whitfield and Doug Nelson, leader.

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