Bohemia Mountain/Fairview Peak

July 4, 1983

The fourth started suspiciously with us getting chased out of the South Eugene parking lot by the Butte-to-Butte racers (The lot was chock full of cars and some 6000 runners were due to charge past shortly after 8:00 a.m.). So, leaving one car at the leader’s house, four of us drove down to the Village Green, where we were joined by two more from Cottage Grove. Going up Brice Creek, we found the Bohemia Lumber Company’s logging balloon tethered in the middle of the road, but got past it. Roads being in good shape in spite of heavy rains, we had no trouble reaching our usual starting place, Bohemia Saddle. There the party split up. The Pattersons hiked down to Bohemia City for a day of nostalgia, Pat having worked there as a watchman at the mines one winter about 1920. The rest of us took the trail up Bohemia Mtn. but were stopped by the snow bank, which was bigger than usual, just below the top. Flowers and view of mountains on the horizon were also better than usual and required many photographs. After lunch at the county park, which was half covered with snow, half with avalanche lilies, we took one car to the top of Fairview Peak for more flowers and views. The lookout named all the peaks for us, from Jefferson, south to McLaughlin. At two o’clock we turned homeward, picking up our mining camp party and descending quite slowly, since we had to stop at wildflower displays and waterfalls. Maybe it’s all this rain, but wildflowers this year are the most brilliantly colored we have ever seen, and covered whole hillsides. Bohemia hikers were Dean and Pat Patterson, Ken and Virginia Willis, and leaders Robin and Ken Lodewick.

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