Mt. Pisgah

April 1, 1978

Arrived at SEHS parking lot, and it was cold, overcast and threatening. We drove to the parking area at the base of Mt. Pisgah. On the way the fruit trees told us that it was spring. Hiked to the top of the saddle. On the way up the valley fanned out as we ascended. The wild flowers were numerous. We were amazed at the variety and abundance. The dogwood and berries were also in bloom. From the top we could see clear to Fern Ridge Reservoir. Relationships took on meaning up here. The Sisters were not visible but parts of Eugene and Springfield were. It was cold and windy on top so we cut our view short and huddled to decide where to go. Paula lead us down cowpaths, creek beds, meadows of flowers, babbling brooks, power line road beds, passed the old rock quarry and river bank back to civilization.

Now we can see why this site was purchased for present and future recreation use. It is to be known as “The Howard Buford Recreation Area.” Many picnic areas have been built lately; along the river bank an Arboretum is planned. Nice day, nice hike for Shari Bodertscher, Gladys Grancorvitz, Karen Houglum, Ruth Lefevre, Vern Nelson, Hazel Peck, Parker Riddle, Paula Vehrs and leader Bob Walden.


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