Sweet Creek

June 15, 2005

Arriving at the trailhead we were pleased to be the only vehicle there. Our pleasure was short-lived, in a few minutes two full vans and a car arrived. Kids on a field trip? No, 28 enthusiastic Elderhostellers from Florence. Luckily we had already made use of the facilities. We did chat a bit and acknowledged their enthusiasm for the beauty and diversity of Oregon. Those from the east were excited about having had to evacuate because of a possible tsunami. Because they were on a schedule and we were there for a leisurely time, soaking in the glories of Sweet Creek, they soon passed us and we were on our own again. Although the water had receded since early spring, the falls and creek itself were still pretty spectacular. We saw a variety of wildflowers including inside-out flowers, tiger lilies. Oregon geraniums and a western columbine. An ouzel “dipping” on a rock was fun to watch and as we ate lunch on the rocks Bill caught sight of a trout leaping for an insect for its snack. It was a delightful day with perfect weather, sunny and not too hot. We were Bill Prentice, Margaret Prentice (leader), and Margaret Wiese.

Margaret Wiese

Two Margarets

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