Gold & Silver Falls/Shore Acres Car Trip

April 28, 1984

Six of us left in two cars from SEHS parking lot on a beautiful Saturday morning. The weather cooperated all day so we had a lovely trip. We took Highway #38 through Drain and Elkton. Stopped at Arlene’s in Elkton for a snack before taking the Loon Lake road #1000 to the Falls. This proved to be a mistake as this logging road was full of tedious switchbacks and 10-mile an hour driving. However, when we finally reached the Gold and Silver Falls State Park and hiked into the Falls, we were rewarded by beautiful views of both fails with lots of water tumbling down. Silver Falls is distinguished by a gray rock dome over which the powerful splurge of water tumbles and which does give the effect of silver. Then hiking over to Golden Falls we observed a different formation with the water cascading down over brown rock. Both falls look to be about 80-90 feet in height.

We ate our lunch in the state park there and then drove over to Coos Bay and enjoyed a stroll through the carefully manicured gardens at Shore Acres, which were especially showy this time of year with azalea and rhododendron.

We drove back via #101, stopping at Reedsport at a favorite bakery for another snack. A lovely day with no rain for a change was in itself rewarding to say nothing of the scenic vistas all along the way. Those making the trip were Obsidians Gladys Grancorvitz, Bob Foster, Bobbie Kalbfleisch, and your leaders Hazen and Lorene Bressler, and Don Ladigin, an Obsidian friend.


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