Soda Creek-Green Lakes

August 13, 1988

We left Eugene at 6:30 a.m. and arrived at the trailhead at 10:00. It was sunny, though the prediction was for afternoon thundershowers. Lunch was in a beautiful meadow beside Soda Creek where we could look pink monkey flowers right in the eye! What a delight, but dark clouds were forming. As we started off again, there was a roll of thunder, then hail and spatters of rain. We hid under a tree for a few minutes then proceeded in the light rain. The thunder kept rolling and threatening, but we stopped for another lunch stop at Green Lakes, and then down to Fall Creek by the back side of Rock Mesa. The thunder grumbled a little longer and then quit; no more rain. The water bars on the Fall Creek Trail were something to behold, about 3 ft. wide at one end, tapering to one foot on the other end, with one log supporting each water bar. At 5:15 p.m. we got back to our cars for the long ride home. There were only five of us: Doris Helikson, Ron Nunemaker, Eleanor Wilkerson and co-leaders Ardys Ringsdorf and Henrietta Richmond.

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