Skiing to a Forest Service Lookout

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A winter storm, but next to a warm fire

Clear Lake Butte Lookout sits high atop a peak just south of Oregon's highest point- Mount Hood.  The views are fabulous - when it's not snowing.  And snowing it was throughout the entire two day adventure shared by six Upper School students and two leaders.  The group skied the old Forest Service road from US Highway 26 for about four miles.  The snow piled up in glorious weightless drifts, decorating the trees like a Currier and Ives painting.  It took about two hours to ski to the lookout.  After setting things up inside the group went out to practice their technique in the perfect powder snow.  Even after an hour or two the technique remained unperfected, but darkness arrived.  With a little Italian flair the group prepared a massive spaghetti dinner, followed by homemade chocolate chips cookies baked on the woodstove.  Everyone in the group agreed to take on the challenge of trying to build a fire outdoors.  It took a little over two hours, but the group was successful in getting a fire going in the snow!