Threemile Lake

March 1, 1975

Left Eugene about 9:10 a.m. in three cars, under cloudy skies. Made a rest stop at Linslaw County park, arrived at Tahkenitch Campground about two hours later. There is an area marked “trail parking” accommodating about five cars, by an outdoor comfort station. Introductions revealed hikers from Britain, Germany, the Non-Beaver States and one third-generation Oregonian (Helen Smith). Left at 11:30 a.m., arrived at lake by 1:00 p.m., spent a leisurely lunch hour, departed again at 2:00 p.m. and arrived at cars at 3:30 p.m. The weather: rain between Eugene and trailhead, tapering off to completely dry during walk on dunes (it rained in Eugene all day). Two members of party (Michaela Herbeck and Anna Brem) went only as far as vegetation line. Sighted (and glared at) one dune buggy polluting the area; spotted some garbage (broken bottle, discarded beer can) which was hauled out by Helen Smith. Departed around 3:45 p.m., stopped for warm gingerbread and soft ice-cream at the Gingerbread House and arrived at the South Eugene High School parking lot around 6:00 p.m. Something new: trail is now marked: “Hiking Trail only. Motors and horses prohibited”. This is great. I wish there were many more signs like that outside of wilderness areas. Those in attendance were, Anna Brem, Mary Bridgeman, Peter Cecil, Mary Couch, Joella Hadland, Rainer Herbeck, Michaela Herbeck, Victoria Herbeck, Curt Kahler, Teresa Nutt, Lois Schreiner, Bill Seavey, Helen Smith, Merle Traudt, and Helmut Plant, leader.

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