Dorris Ranch & Willamalane Parks

April 5, 2006

We were surprised at the Dorris Ranch when one of the men from the Lewis and Clark expedition welcomed us and then introduced us to Sacagawea. They were waiting for a school group to arrive on a “large yellow canoe.” Sacagawea entertained us with a dramatic story about an encounter with a grizzly bear. After stepping back in time, we walked on trails through the filbert groves, meadows, and woods to the Middle Fork of the Willamette River. We identified black walnut, maple, and Incense-cedar trees. Trillium, yellow violets, and bleeding hearts spread out along the trail in this peaceful setting. Yuan Hopkins shared a box of truffles with us before we began our walk from the Doris Ranch to E Street, South 4th Street, Union Street, and Park Avenue where a garden entrance beckoned us. Immediately we were surrounded by fawn lilies and ivy. The short trail took us up to the grassy hillside with a panoramic view looking south over the valley and the Willamette River. We left the park on Valley View Avenue and retraced our route back to Dorris Ranch.

Eleven of the eighteen hikers continued on via auto to Ruff Park on 66th Street. We make a quick stop at Lively Splash Pool to use the facilities. Most had never seen the pool and thought it quite amazing. Next time we should bring swimming suits. The Ruff Park has a small circular trail that weaves through landscaped settings of magnolia trees and other plants. It was a bit early but a few of the trees were in bloom.

We were glad to see Mary Holbert from Newport. She was in Eugene attending a “goat” conference. She promised to write an article for the Bulletin on raising two goats for backpacking.

Members: Zella Andreski, Jean Coberly, Jim Duncan, Sharon Duncan, Margot Fetz, Janet Hackett, Mary Holbert, Yuan Hopkins, Janet Jacobsen, Sherwood Jefferies, Vi Johnson, Sandra Larsen, Darrell McBee, Nancy McBee, Margaret Prentice, Barb Revere, Julia Richardson and Charlie Van Deusen.

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