June 10, 2005
The fog and low clouds that obscured views of Roman Nose and the grand
vistas usually observable on the way to Kentucky Falls provided wonderful
hiking weather for the eight trekkers.
The three falls roared their spring runoff into the streams below.
We marveled at the profusion of wildflowers, both on the drive and the hike,
including rhodies, columbine, iris, yellow lupine (as well as insidious
Scotch broom), monkey flower and inside-out flower.
The road is well marked compared to my other trip to Kentucky Falls
about 15 years ago, but detailed driving instructions available at
Whittaker Campground bulletin board provide added reassurance to drivers.
Four hikers preferred to return to Eugene following the hike, but four
proceeded to browse the Florence Old Town followed by reservations at
Alpha Bits in Mapleton for that restaurant’s Friday night fixed-menu,
We enjoyed very good fresh-out-of-the-oven bread, Caesar salad, chicken
Marsala over pasta (with lots of mushrooms), homegrown broccoli and
strawberry shortcake—all for $9.25.
(For menu information and to make reservations for future Friday night dinners,