Sweet and Beaver Creeks

May 9, 2010

Ten of us celebrated Mother’s Day with our mother (earth)! Early May in the Coast Range usually means wildflowers, so we were dismayed to see the Lane Co. Sheriff’s ‘press gang’ out grooming the trail at Sweet Creek. They were doing it Marine Corps style, giving a three-foot wide buzz cut to both sides of the trail. Ferns and flowers fell to their weed-whackers and chainsaws. Our only chance to see flowers were a few sad, lopped off blossoms that the rake wielders left behind. The Beaver Creek trail was ‘groomed’ too. The waterfalls were beautiful, though. So was the weather and our group had a great time together, enjoying Mother Nature and the many families out celebrating Mother’s Day. (Our group included one mother-daughter team, Norma and Carol Lockyear. We thank them for sharing celebration with us.) Six nonmembers joined the hike and learned all about the wonderful organization that is the Obsidians! A quick stop at Alphabit topped off the day. Rain spatters greeted us in west Eugene, but we hiked dry all day under a bright overcast. Both trails were in excellent condition, except for the ‘bad haircuts’.

Hikers were Walt Dolliver, Norma Lockyear, Barb Revere (leader), Bonnie Richman, Suzanne Steusy, Gary Elliot, Janet Elliot, Carol Lockyear, Jim Merkner and Joanne Whitfield.

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