East Eugene Open Space

December 29, 1985

On a fog enshrouded morning fourteen walkers left the Villard Street trailhead and headed up to the Rhododendron Gardens to search for the enormous rhododendron recently moved to the gardens from the upper McKenzie. It was discovered by rhody experts with excellent eyesight. Our southerly route through Hendricks Park and along trails and winding streets took us to the vicinity of the Lodge. There we made a short detour to give nonmembers an opportunity to see the Lodge and grounds.

From the Lodge we roamed about the woods and open areas above Laurelwood before dropping down to the golf course and walking along its eastern edge. Another detour gave us a view of Eugene’s “castle” and another residential structure dubbed by one walker as “a house in need of an architect.” Then back to the trailhead for food and drink in warm surroundings—the advantages of an urban winter hike.

Hikers were Clair Cooley, Laura Fischrup, Bonnie Ledford, Dot Leland, Ruth McCalop, Art and Mary Millman, Lin Pierce, Virginia Prouty, Sue Roe, Lois Schreiner, Joyce Strassberg, Erika Wagner, and leader Karen Seidel.

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