McKenzie River Trail, Part 1

April 14, 1979

Twenty-five hikers had a perfect April day along the McKenzie—sun, clouds, snow on the hills, and no showers till just before we reached the cars at Buck Creek Bridge. We started at 10:00 a.m. from the McKenzie Bridge end of the trail (shuttling cars ahead), ate lunch on a wooden bridge over the river, finished hiking at about 2:30. Along the way were anemone, coltsfoot, red currant, Indian peach, spring queen, trillium, yellow violet, and displays of rich purple calypso orchids. Pigmy nuthatch, water ouzel, junco and whatwasits were heard but not seen. We decided the one big pine on the hill has died, and hoped the “cutting boundaries” marked on the big fir trees would not wreck too much of the trail. Everybody seemed to enjoy the day. Everybody included Lonnie and Carole Bourgerie, Al & Mary Crocker, Denice, Joanne, Robin & Robert Cummings, Bob Devine, Donna Ferchland, Wilbur Groner, Sandy Keprock, Gladys Grancorvitz, Wayne & Ruth Lill, Betty Metzler, Vern Nelson, Sara Purdy, Anne Raftree, Lois Schreiner, Ethel Steussy, Merle Traudt, Paula Vehrs, and leaders Robin & Ken Lodewick.

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