Flying “M” Ranch; Grand Ronde

June 21, 1994

On Tuesday, June 21, we traveled via the Peoria Road and Hwy. 99-W to the Flying “M” Ranch, located in Yamhill County, where we enjoyed a delicious lunch served in the lodge’s spacious dining room. Flying “M”, once a wagon and coach stop between Portland and Tillamook, is now a rustic resort with both modern and historic flavors. An interesting feature was the bar fashioned from a huge Douglas fir and supported by two pair of logging tongs. (Very unique, or so we were told, as we dutifully observed the Obsidian rules about abstinence.) We then traversed the Coast Range using the scenic Nestucca River route to Hwy. 101 and then inland to the headquarters of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. We assembled in their new community center where several Elders described the history of their people, the organization, plans for economic development, and the medical and social services provided. Our hosts were most gracious and generously provided us with refreshments and even a snack sack as we departed. The public and the Obsidians are invited to their annual pow-wow held during the third weekend of August. The stop at Grand Ronde was a delightful bonus. We had a long and very enjoyable day.

This congenial group (numbering 42) consisted of Margie & Ewart Baldwin, Helen Beck, Caroline Carlson, Mary Lee Cheadle, Paul & Harriet Civin, Bernie Claypool, Clair Cooley, Helen Curry, Bill & Marge Eaton, Margaret Fee, Liz Fox, Bette Hack, Elma Doris Havemann, Kess Hottle, Jean Jensen, Virginia Kapsa, Barbara Jones, Bea Lefevre, Dodie Leppmann, Norman Lumian, John & Lenore McManigal, Ed & Elly Meservey, Perry Morrison, Frances Newsom, Virginia Prouty, Liz Reanier, Kathleen Schlenker, Clarence & Dorothy Scherer, Lois Schreiner, June Smith, Nadine Smith, Louise Thurber, Christy White, Paula Vehrs, and trip leaders Mary Mallery and Ray Jensen.

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