Klamath Falls, Crater Lake, Tule Lake

August 23-25, 1988

Left Eugene at 8 a.m. from S.E.H.S. NE corner parking lot. Headed up Willamette Pass, Ski Lodge closed, on to Crater Lake by north entrance. Enter without fee for seniors (mostly), stopped at scenic spots, at HQ Rim for sights and lunch in shade of trees at picnic tables. Out by 1:30 p.m., unplanned stop at Fort Klamath (small town), arrived at Collier Memorial State Park for an outside logging show of all kinds of old logging equipment. Met by Bill’s old Boy Scout friend, Fred Hanson, who gave us a tour describing purpose of the equipment. Down the east side of Klamath Lake to Molatore’s Hotel in Klamath Falls — a very nice motel and restaurant serving good Italian meals. Some used swimming pool in warm evening.

Out the next day at 8 a.m. headed for Tule Lake Wildlife Refuge. HQ Buildings beautiful but poorly staffed — no slide or movie of the purpose of the refuge. Out around the lower lake on dikes, many bird sights, ending up at Petroglyph Cliff. Pretty agricultural area south of Klamath Falls. The Cliff has extended rows of petroglyphs at varying heights, revealing that at some time the valley was filled with water and paintings were done from a boat. Wave action shows on the cliff face and roosting spots for owls above. 6000 years old? The Cliff is part of the Tule Lake Refuge but poorly described in the folder. It had two monuments enclosed in wire fence, which had a few soda pop cans inside. Like the uniformed lady Park Ranger picking up trash outside the wall at a viewing point at Crater Lake, it makes you wonder if there is a chance for the human race. Back to Klamath Falls by Bear Valley, a large eagle roosting area, arriving at Favell Museum at 2 p.m. Private museum and the top of the line for quality. Purpose: Indian Artifacts and Western Art — all beautiful, and the best. No expenses spared. Millions of arrow points, and many, many beautiful enclosed cases. Some went over to the Baldwin Hotel to receive a terrific tour of the extensive facilities, greatly expanded by volunteer labor and well worth the visit. Baldwin built it 4 stories high, up against a rock cliff, providing wiring and plumbing for electricity and sewer/water not yet in town. Some went on to the Klamath County Historical Museum which is excellent; Lane County needs to copy Douglas and Klamath Counties. Extensive evidences of early man of the area, and arrival of the settlers.

Next morning left at 9 a.m., went by Lake of the Woods, ending up at Eagle Point to get a personal tour of the last water powered grain mill and the benefits of whole grain ground with stones instead of modern steel. Had lunch in a nearby park. On to Eugene, via a loop road seldom taken, that leaves at Wolf Creek and follows the original railroad grade of the Cow Creek. Home at 5 p.m. without time for ice cream at Rice Hill or time for Oakland.

Participating were Margaret Baldwin, Rita Baxter, Ingrid & Tom Carmichael, Emer Capron, Clair Cooley, Bette Hack, Jane Hilt, Miki Hutchison, Virginia Kapsa, Beatrice LeFevre, S.F., Dean, Janice, Erin & Scott Pattison, Clarence & Dorothy Scherer, Lois Schreiner, Maryelton Schutz, Lila Smith, Robin and Ethel Steussy, Ruth and Hawl Williams, Frances Witzel, Ewart Baldwin and Bill Eaton (co-leaders).


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