Salt Creek Falls

February 18, 2006

A group of eleven met (20 days late—we rescheduled from January 29th when the US weather service threatened us with three feet of snow and high winds) in the South Eugene High School parking lot at 8 AM. It was a beautiful sunny and COLD morning. When we arrived at the Salt Creek parking lot it was a balmy 12 degrees and windy. There were other cars in the parking lot, but we were destined to a day on the trail alone. Apparently, everyone else felt that trekking further than the restrooms was too adventurous. We started by viewing Salt Creek Falls. The falls were dramatically iced including underwater rocks above the falls that were also covered in ice. We continued up to the bridge and crossed the creek and took the trail in a clockwise direction. The walking was easy—hard-packed snow—but the teeth in our snowshoes proved valuable in giving us traction. When we arrrived at Diamond Creek Falls, we were greeted with a second icy vision. Due to the cold, our stop was brief—time for a very quick snack, but no lunch. We made it back to the cars by 11:40—perhaps a new record! The group drove down the hill and met up again at McGillicuddy's for something warm. Everyone agreed it had been a great trip, but a little brisk. The warm beverages and a 20 degree improvement in the temperature in Oakridge versus the trailhead thawed everyone out for the return trip to Eugene. The Polar Bear Club included non-members Diane Horgan and Virginia Rice, members Jim Duncan, Sharon Duncan, Barb Revere, Barbara Bruns, Sherwood Jefferies, Stephen Brander, Patrice McCaffrey, and (leader) Stewart Hoeg, and junior member Greer Brander-McCaffrey.

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