North Umpqua River - Steamboat Inn

April 22, 2008

On Tuesday April 22, 2008, a busload of 38 Obsidians and guests left the Shopko parking lot for the North Umpqua Highway. We took a tour through the town of Wilbur and drove south to look at the Umpqua Community College campus and surrounding homes set above a loop of the North Umpqua River. We traveled the North Bank Road to the Colliding Rivers at Glide. At this unique view point, Little River flows head-on into the North Umpqua River. The group then went on, to stop at the Susan Creek Campgrounds. By then the rain had set in, but an intrepid group of hikers went on the .8 mile hike into the falls. We were charmed by the wild flowers dripping along the way. Lunch was catered at the historic Steamboat Inn. The North Umpqua trip let us visit some of the 33 miles of clear waters and fly fishing only area. The bus took us on a few side roads, including the old section of highway 99 between Sutherlin and Oakland and back out to I-5, and home.

Those participating were as follows: Ethel Allen, Alice Anderson, Don Baldwin, Ewert Baldwin, Barbara Beard, Paul Beard, Louise Behnke, Pat Bitner, Mary Lee Cheadle, Sharon Cutsworth, Rose Marie Etter, Rachele Fiszman, Barbara Flanders, Dennis Flanders, Bea Fontana, Jeanette Forsman, Bette Hack, Marc Hansen, Dora Harris, Ben Jeffries, Pat Jeffries, Rosella Jones, Verna Kocken (leader), Darlene Mancuso John McManigal, Lenore McManigal, Cleora Mersdorf, Natalie Newlove, Barbara Payne, Don Payne, Virginia Prouty, Liz Reanier, Edith Rode, Julia Snell, Dick Speelman, Janet Speelman, Viola Stults and Virginia Vincent.

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