Lava Cast Forest; Collier Park; Favell Museum; Lower Klamath Bird Refuge

September 6-7, 1975

Beautiful weather and 33 trippers arrived promptly at 8 a.m. on the parking lot of South Eugene High School. Bus was waiting as was Ray Cavagnaro with coffee for the lunch stop. Our tour included Lava Cast Forest, Collier Park, Favell Museum, Lower Klamath Basin Bird Refuge and home via Diamond Lake and Route 138 to Roseburg. A rest stop at Sahalie Falls along the Clear Lake cut-off to Sisters started the scenic panorama. Leader was surprised to find many had never seen these falls, long famous among McKenzie River visitors. Coffee break at Sisters was welcomed by everyone and lunch was first when we arrived at Lava Cast Forest. Most of the group followed the .9 of a mile trail (now black-topped) around this singular forest. . . lava mounds of trees overwhelmed by the great flow from the Newberry Crater volcanic eruptions.

At Collier Park the Lumberman’s Museum features antique logging and lumbering equipment from early days and a replica of Gilchrist Junction (buildings from that early village have actually been placed in this small-town setting).

Arrived at Thunderbird Motel soon after 5 p.m.; had dinner at North’s, then on to Favell Museum. This left everyone breathless with its magnificence. 3/4 of a million dollars went into the building; and Indian artifacts, plus Western and Indian art are most picturesque in this excellent setting. Arrowheads (60,000 from collections of 3 million pieces) and artifacts uniquely displayed make this the finest museum this group has seen. We dropped 5 people (Bridgemans and Morrises) at KOA Campground for their camp-out (the unseasonable weather had resulted in motel reservations for the rest) but the weather man, as he often does, surprised us with a beautiful night.

Sunday morning was spent at Lower Klamath Bird Refuge. Here we were met by Mr. Vivion who with his trim wife rode around the dikes explaining their program and pointing out bird varieties, deer and interesting phenomena of the marshland.

Lunch was at Diamond Lake Lodge; then home by Route 138 to Roseburg and north. We stopped briefly at Eagle Rock, a favorite spot for many of our climbers along the North Umpqua.

The group seemed delighted with this scenic weekend and expressed their gratitude to Ray Cavagnaro, the bus driver, and leaders, Bob and Dorothy Medill.

Many, many thanks to you, Ray, for the wonderful arrangements.

Enjoying this trip were: Rolfe and Bertha Anderson, Muriel Aufderheide, Alice Bissell, Margaret Block, Marie Bloom, Roger, Edith & Mary Bridgeman, Ann Connell, Les and Mae Cooper, Duchess Cox, Gerry Fehly, Ina Foss, Irene Flynn, Mary Gillespie, Jane Hilt, Norma Lahti, Alelia Linscott, Lois Madsen, Bob and Dorothy Medill (leaders), Bob and Marilyn Morris, Ruth Nichols, Theresa Nutt, Grace Smith, Myrtle Smith, Betty Stamm, Thelma Watson, Helen Weiser, Maxcine Williams, and Mr. Stolsig, driver.


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