Our band of 13 departed Amazon Community Center shortly after 8:30 headed for Silver Falls State Park, arriving at Winter Falls Trailhead by 10:30. Clouds and overcast skies dampened tinges of spring green and threatened more than the mist we walked into. Our first detour was to Middle North Falls, a short trek down to one of the numerous falls along the 6 mile south loop on "The Trail of Ten Falls". Too early for all but a few wildflowers, the Turkey Buzzard soaring overhead was the best sign of approaching spring. As we approached South Falls the rain started. I overheard a number of our crew debating whether it was really rain or just spray from the falls. When the hail started that debate ended, and some of us seemed to find refuge (or at least we enjoyed the scenery) from behind South Falls . . . rain, spray, and all. Lunch time found us at the South Falls Lodge. A friendly host invited us in to a warm fire where some of us enjoyed hot coffee or cocoa from the treats available from the commissary and grill. After a few jokes about having brought our lunch we split into the inside or outside lunch bunches. The South Falls Lodge has that great northwest feel. A great place to take a lunch break if only driving through Silver Falls Park. About a half hour later we started the 1.6 mile trek back to Winter Falls Trailhead. This segment of the Rim Trail runs through remenants of large old growth forest, and criss-crosses a bicycle trail. Guests included Byron Chell on his first Obsidian hike, and Barry Taub on his 3rd Obsidian qualifying hike, and Junior Member Maddison Babb-Hackett and friend Gabby Newell.Nonmembers: Babb-Hackett, Maddison. Members: Musselwhite, Tom, Christensen, Dan, Jacobsen, Janet, Nelson, Nola, Emlen, Clara, Popowsky, Brian, Sanazaro, Susan, Whitfield, Jim, Hackett, Jane. Nonmembers: Taub, Barry, Chell, Byron, Newell, Gaybrielle.
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