Butterflies, Big K Ranch, King Estate

July 15, 2005

Leaders: Ethel Allen, Ray Jensen

Ethel Allen always plans great trips and this one was a winner. We went first to Wholesale Aquatics on Cox Road to see prized Koi in the fish ponds, plus many water plants for sale. Then we traveled Boswell Road along Elk Creek, through Drain to the Oregon Butterfly Pavilion in Elkton. Many volunteers work each summer on this unique project, nurturing the stages of their life cycle. The gardens, with many beautiful flowers, provided a nice outdoor setting for our coffee break. Next, on to the Big K Ranch on the Umpqua River for our buffet lunch in their large conference room, where Obsidian Paul Beard (a professional musician) entertained us on the Ranch’s grand piano. Thank you, Paul. After lunch, we went to Lorane for a tour of the King Estate Winery. There are a fabulous building and grounds with building plans in progress for more — including a restaurant. We returned via Hamm Road to Creswell, with veteran driver John Goddard bringing us home at 5:15 p.m.

Riders were members: Ethel Allen, Helen Barnard, Barbara Beard, Paul Beard, Pat Bitner, Louise Behnke, Dorothy Blumm, Ingrid Carmichael, Mary Lee Cheadle, Kent Christoferson, Marjorie Crueger, Connie Dooley, Jean Englund, Rachele Fiszman, Virginia Gilbreath, Betty Hack, Barbara Hagerman, Dora Harris, Margit Hollerud, Janet Jacobsen, Jean Jensen, Ray Jensen, Amy Maxwell, Barbara Payne, Don Payne, Liz Reanier, Edna Robertson, Nancy Schreiner, Dorothy Sistrom, Julie Snell, Janet Speelman, Marian Tentinger, MarEllen West, Vera Woolley; and non-members: Jacque Branford, Sharon Cutsworth, Mindy Hollenbeck, Natalie Newlove, Briana Payne, Cassie Payne, Julia Reifel, Kay Schmieding and John Schreiner.

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