Whittaker Creek

May 25, 1995

There is something especially nice about starting out for a hike on a Thursday while everyone else is on their way to work. We took about an hour driving out to Whittaker Creek even allowing time to cross through the covered bridge over Wildcat Creek. (When you turn off Hwy. 126 for Whittaker, turn right and go a few hundred yards for the bridge.) The well-maintained trail with the interpretive signs and benches do justice to the magnificent old growth trees that are nice to touch as well as look at. We then went further up the Siuslaw River to Clay Creek campground and enjoyed an uncrowded lunch in the empty campground. Then on our way back to Eugene, just before the Wolf Creek turnoff, we discovered Rodney Hamby’s Saragosa Old West Park. A sign said “Closed,” but curiosity took us in. The place looks like a stage set for a Western movie, offers lodging, drinks, camping and a restaurant. We were welcomed by a very friendly Rodney, who seemed to love what he was building but not too sure what it would be when finished. We were all welcome to look around and so after checking out the place, Vi Johnson, Mary Millman, Margee Wright and leaders Marilyn & Royal Murdock made an early return to Eugene.

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