Walk, Wine and Dine

July 2, 2009

Even though the temperature was right at 90 degrees, nine die-hard hikers met at Churchill Plaza for a late afternoon hike through the hills of southwest Eugene. After introductions, we set off for our four mile hike, first navigating the detours encountered by road construction along Bailey Hill Road. We sought out any possible shade along Warren Street, and were relieved when we finally cut into the shady, wooded area for a steep uphill climb. The temperature dropped dramatically in the shade, but we still took our time on the path, enjoying the many ferns in the area. At the top of the hill, we were treated to two lovely bucks crossing our path, proud to show off their antlers which were in the velvet stage. We again walked along the residential streets for a short distance before beginning our descent into another wooded area. There was still a small amount of water in the creek which was surprising considering how dry it has been. When we reached Wilshire St., we chose to take a path which added a little distance to our hike and required another steep, but shorter, hill climb. Finishing up our hike we walked along Brittany St., cutting through the playground at McCornack School and back to Churchill Plaza. The goal was in sight, and that was a delicious dinner at Koho Bistro. Fabulous food and good company–a perfect ending to the day. The nine hikers, all members, were: Daniele Delaby, Walt Dolliver, Pat Esch, Yuan Hopkins, Norma Lockyear, Evelyn Nagy, Ruth Romoser, Barbara Schomaker, and leader, Joanne Ledet.

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