Opal Creek

July 28, 2006

A beautiful (and finally, cooler) day and a group of congenial hikers made for a wonderful hike to Opal Creek. Seven of the eight hikers elected to continue three miles past Opal Pool to view more of Opal Creek and three 500 to 1000 year old cedar trees. One hiker remained at Opal Pool and contemplated the beauty. The falls were lovely, the water color a much deeper green than just a month ago (when it was more blue-green), and it’s always fun to see the old Merten Mill and Jawbone Flats. Thanks to Jim Duncan for driving (including over a somewhat rough last six graveled miles to the trailhead). Jim also kindly set a good pace, while the pseudo-leader, Julie Dorland, acted as sweep! Hikers included Obsidian members Jim Duncan, Sharon Duncan, Ed Lichtenstein, Nola Nelson, and leader, Julie Dorland, newcomers David Herbert and Jess Tuerk, and Sachiko Iwasaki, who has just recently returned to Eugene after living for over ten years in Japan, and who hiked with the Obsidians many years ago.

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