Gold & Silver Falls State Park

February 27, 1977

Seven people left Eugene at 0810 in one van, headed for Coos Bay and Gold and Silver Falls State Park. The weather was “ify”—cloudy; maybe it would clear and maybe not. We went down the Umpqua from Drain. Where the elk generally are, the pasture was empty—no ELK. I hope they come back again; if not, they will be missed. From Reedsport down the coast it was windy and cold; the ocean was rough. At North Bay before crossing the Bay bridge we turned left up a winding road, then came to a crossroads and left up river towards Allegany. It was a narrow, very winding paved road. Within a mile of the park the road was blocked by a tree, so it was all out and with everyone working with saw and axe and carrying brush we cleared the road. Leo Paschelke showed us some remarkable axe handling, or how it should be done; soon we were or our way again. At the park we went afoot up a path to Gold Falls about a quarter mile from the car. The falls was very pretty with plenty of water coming over. After pictures and some historical background we went back to the car and lunch. By this time it was raining lightly but steady. It was apparent that the weather was worsening so we headed for home. At Winchester Bay we got some crab, then on up river under a steady downpour. A nice trip, with one regret: There were no elk. Braving the odds were Gladys Grancorvitz, Joe Lowry, Helen McDermott, Bruce Mellberg, Merle Traudt, Paula Vehrs and leader Leo Paschelke.

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