Metolius River

June 21, 2003

Ten of us left Albertson’s parking lot heading for the fish hatchery on the Metolius River. Although it rained on the way over, the weather cooperated for our hike. Leaving the fish hatchery we made a lovely loop of 6.4 miles, finding more beautiful wildflowers than we’d dreamed of (thanks to Sabine for identification and Joe for photos). We followed the river first on the west side and then on the east, breaking for lunch in a patch of sunlight. We waved to campers, fishermen, and hikers here and there and at a rustic cabin we bumped into friends of one of our members. (They were most hospitable). After one dead battery and (luckily) a pair of jumper cables, we took a quick side trip to the fish hatchery and then a peek at the inconspicuous beginning of this special river.

Hikers were: Daniele Delaby, Walt Dolliver, Sabine Dutoit, Yuan Hopkins, Marshall Kandell, Patty MacAfee, Joe Neal, Ruth Romoser, Michelle Tambellini, and Sharon Thomas, leader.

Note: In spite of my calling everyone the night before, we had two no-shows — frustrating when two had four more who wanted to go!

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