Leaburg Park & Vicinity

June 24, 1978

Using Lane Transit Bus to get us there and back was very satisfactory. The bus people were cooperative. It was less expensive than driving. Our cars stayed home, or very near home, which cut down on air pollution.

We each boarded the Vida bus at the location of our choice and left Eugene about 2:30 p.m. The drive to Leaburg Park was unusually beautiful with the many spring flowers and foliage. At the EWEB Dam we left the bus, walked across the bridge and looked over the new fish ladder where the fish swim instead of leap over the dam. There are even frequent rest stops in quiet water along for them. (To get in to see this the Dam Caretaker, Mr. Lloyd Knox, lets you in. Make arrangements by phoning him at EWEB.) From here we walked on to the Park & strolled through checking on the etable and flowering wild plants. At the end of the Park we went on the Leaburg Dam Road past the Phettiplace Rhododendron Garden to the end of the public road. The Rhodys were about through blooming for this year, but they would surely be worth seeing another year. The area beyond the end of the road looked inviting, but the sign said it was patrolled by giant leaping frogs so we returned to the Park and walked back along the river path.

It had showered along, but we were protected by an umbrella of trees. When we reached the clearing the rain was steady and looked as though it would last so we got out our rain coats and decided to take the next bus for home. Upon reaching the highway, we had to walk a short distance to find a place where the bus could get off the road to pick us up. By then the sun was shining. We put away our rain coats, got out our sandwiches and munched away while we admired the spring blooms on the hill and the birds on and over the lake during the brief wait for our bus. We were back in Eugene about 6:30 p.m. Elaine and Wilbur Groner, Ethel Steussy and leader Irene Flynn enjoyed this different outing.

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