Kelly Butte Springfield

November 5, 2010

The three of us started our walk just behind the old train depot on “A” Street in Springfield, mainly sticking to the 3.5-mile route in Tyler Burgess’ book, Oregon Townscape Walks. We walked along the Day Island Park trail and continued by the river until we entered an attractive residential area, with deciduous trees bursting in brilliant reds and yellows. As it turned out, Kathleen is a Springfield resident who knows the area well, so she pointed out a number of her favorite restaurants, retailers and points of interest. The last ¼–mile to Kelly Butte and Park was a nice climb. At the top, visitors often are rewarded with lovely views. Unfortunately, the fog never lifted for us, so we didn’t have the panorama I have enjoyed on previous visits. Nevertheless, walking in the cool morning air in good company was still a pleasant way to begin the day.

Members: Chris Cunningham and Julia Jacobson. Nonmember: Kathleen Caprario-Ulrich.

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