May 17, 2008
We all met at SEHS and after brief introductions and directions, proceeded in two cars to the trailhead. Trip leader, acting as co-pilot, went past the Oakridge turnoff, both cars had to turn around, finally meeting at the Dolly Varden Campground.
The weather was predicted around 85 degrees. We started out at a vigorous pace, over log bridges and rutted trail. It was suggested to “slow down” and notice the fairy bells, sword and maidenhair ferns, in the old growth forest. Reaching a portion of the trail in which there had been a forest fire and consequently no shade, it began to get very hot, so we turned around.
We had lunch under one of the log bridges in the shade. It was pleasant to listen to the bubbling creek, dip our feet in the cool, refreshing water, and just enjoy the company of nature and each other.
Heading back to the trailhead it became really hot and we all responded to this in our unique fashions and tolerance levels. As it turned out, it was close to 100 degrees that day. Naturally we were glad to get back to our cars and start for home.
Hikers were: Julie Dorland, Sachiko Iwasaki, Joanne Ledet, Lou Maenz, Darlene Thomasec and Martha Welches, leader.