Wildlife Safari and Fall Color Trip

October 21, 2008

We planned for our traditional Fall Color Trip to use the scenic Territorial Road through Lorane and Yoncalla, but it was less than scenic because of the dense ground fog.

At the Cabin Creek Rest Area, we dined on gourmet goodies provided by our wonderful hospitality committee. On to Wildlife Safari, now in sunshine and warm weather for a fantastic 90 minute circuit. The animals were very active and our guide Wanda was most interesting. At midday, we lunched at their Smokin’ Hippo restaurant and we had time to see other animals and exhibits, including Snowball, the now famous rescued deer.

Following a shorter drive through of the facility, we traveled back roads in colorful countryside, through Lookinglass, Melrose and old Fort Umpqua.

At I-5 after a brief rest stop, we stopped at Rice Hill for the usual ice cream. The nickel cone is $2.00, and the 2 scoop size is $2.50.

Driver Mo Langham maneuvered the large bus over narrow roads and tight turns at the Safari with great skill.

Twenty nine riders, including 6 non-members returned to Shopko at 5:15 p.m.

Riders were Barbara Beard, Paul Beard, Paula Beard, MaryLee Cheadle, Sharon Cutsforth, RoseMary Etter, Barbara Flanders, Dennis Flanders, Yuan Hopkins, Ben Jeffries, Ray Jensen (leader), John McManigal, Lenore McManigal, Natalie Newlove, Barbara Payne, Don Payne, Charlene Pierce, Jim Pierce, Carolyn Rayburn, Elizabeth Reanier, Chris Shuraleff, Janet Speelman, Viola Stults and guests Carol Campbell, Jackie Giustina, Suzy Hess, WuMei Shene, Jerry Welch and Barbara Wilson.

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