Fall Color Bus Tour

October 12, 1974

The weather was perfect for the entire Fall Color Tour, leaving So. Eugene Parking lot at exactly 7:30 a.m. traveling east on Hiway 58 with 30 Obsidians and five friends.

A coffee break was enjoyed at Sunset Cove at the east end of Odell Lake. The lake was beautiful and no wind. The next stop was East Davis Lake for walking and bird watching and an early lunch. An osprey was seen. No doubt the others had gone south for the winter to South America. Though the ice crystals were along the shore, it was delightfully warm in the sun.

Other stops were Cultus Lake, Crane Prairie and Quinn River Springs, which was recommended by a friend of the bus driver for something unusual to see. And it was! Some remarked that it was even more so than the Metolius Springs. The bubbling water flowed a short distance into Crane Prairie Reservoir. According to Lewis A. McArthur, in Oregon Geographic names,—“Mr. Wm. William was a pioneer sheep man of Grizzley and Quinn Lakes were named for him which are located about 9 mi. no. of Waldo Lake, as the crow flies. He was fatally injured in 1894 while hunting near Waldo and died near Crane Prairie while being packed out toward Deschutes River. He was buried on the banks of Quinn River.”

Other leisurely stops were Lava and Elk Lakes for walking and picture-taking. All lakes had beautiful reflections.

Dinner in Bend at the Pine Tavern. Home via Clear Lake (but no stop) and McKenzie Hiway by 9:10 p.m. completing 297 miles with a friendly, accomodating bus driver. Traveling with leaders Jane Hilt and Grace Smith were Muriel Aufderheide, Ruby Callison, Bernice Sallison, Mary Carr, Ella Carrick, Nelle Cline, Ann Connell, Angie Combs, Les Cooper, May Cooper, Duchess Cox, Reva Dildine, Geraldine Fehly, Ina Foss, Mae Hishon, Virginia Horton, Grave Iseminger, Pauline Layne, Alelia Linscott, Karen Loretz, Bob Medill, Dorothy Medill, Fred Miller, Marion Miller, Ruth Nichols, Reta Ridings, Sue Riemer, Mary Sands, Ernestine Schaffner, Myrtle Smith, Betty Waddell, Thelma Watson, Helen Weiser, and George Leber who was the driver.


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