Jefferson Park

July 30, 1995

Despite our 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning start, everyone on this trip was alert and cheerful. Our departure was delayed a bit by stops for gas and food and to let a dog out for the day. The long uphill trail (Whitewater Creek) leads to spectacular views of Mount Jefferson. Lunch had to wait until we arrived at our first lake. As we ate, the overly friendly mosquitoes ate us! The leader tried to visit all five lakes in Jefferson Park during our brief time there, and failed to rest. Actually, it was hard to rest while fighting off the mosquitoes. The Ranger invited us to come back in September, when all the bugs are gone. We saw many wild flowers, including some big cascade lilies. Twelve miles is a long hike — we were all happy to sit down in the cars for the drive home. Hikers were Cheryl Berry, Dave Drescher, Janet Hall, Helen Liguori, Rich Romm, Joanne Vinton and leader Susan Baker.

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