Clear Lake

August 12, 1995

A heavy, last-minute drop-out left us with two scant car loads for our Clear Lake outing. After refueling one of the cars, we were on our way shortly after 9:00 a.m. A rest stop and a short delay for culvert construction work at Olallie Creek put us at trail head around 11:00. The Clear Lake area was teeming with humanity. Boaters, fishermen, picnickers and hikers were on and around the lake in profusion. Fortunately, we were finally fairly well secluded at the Great Spring for lunch. Only a family unit of hikers and two trail bikers intruded. Well, of course, there was the little golden mantled ground squirrel that mooched for lunch scraps. His puffy cheeks suggested he was hoarding rather than consuming the largesse. The resident osprey population seems to have multiplied. There were four circling in exasperation, I suspect, because their fishing grounds were being exploited and depleted by humans. As we completed our circuit of the lake we found enough huckleberries and thimble berries to take the edge off our collective appetites. Hence, when we returned to the resort cafe around 2:00 p.m. we could manage only to consume beverages. We were en route home by 2:30 and in Eugene shortly after 4:00. Those who enjoyed this minimum-exertion/maximum-pleasure outing were Don Jennings, Diane Johnson, Bonnie Manheim, Mary Millman, Mariesela Risik and Vernon Barkhurst, leader.

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