McKenzie River Trail/Log Cabin Inn

November 28, 2002

We left Springfield in heavy, damp, and icy fog but above Leaburg the sun was radiant, deep blue sky and not a cloud in sight. What incredible weather! There was heavy frost and icy spots as we arrived at the McKenzie Ranger Station. We left a vehicle there to shuttle cars at the end of the hike. Starting our hike at Deer Creek we left the trail for a short side trip to a hot spring near the river. The group hiked along the river, through the woods, crossing many small bridges and enjoyed the varying sights along the way. Everyone enjoyed the day and getting acquainted with one another. We know that one hiker walked 20,050 steps and 8.6 miles, she sported a pedometer! With that bit of information at the end, we all agreed we had reason to be tired. After a quick car shuttle, off we headed to the Log Cabin Inn for the famous Thanksgiving feast. The place was extremely busy and even though we were early we were seated fairly soon. The group participated in decorating our dried twig centerpiece, brought from the hike. We each wrote what we were most thankful for on a construction paper leaf and then hung them on our twig. This was our table decoration. These were the reasons we were thankful: “Thankful for four great kids who are all self supporting” “Thanks for the gift of music” “For living in Eugene” “Good health, Good Friends” “The gift of Life” “The Obsidians” “Peanut butter” and “For family, friends and the Country we live in”. The waitress brought on the feast! Each course was a delight to our palate. It was truly a memorable day! We started out as strangers but were soon friends sharing a beautiful day on the McKenzie and thankful for so much. Obsidians hiking were Wayne Deeter, Joella and Jack Ewing, Kathy and Stewart Hoeg, very new member Rod Wood and leader Gerry Roe. Leslie and Charley Wright, past members and hopefully soon to be again, joined our band.

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