Contrary to popular belief, it does rain after July 4 in Eugene. Nevertheless, 8 hardy folks braved a light mist for our annual hike to Lowder Mountain. Ordinarily, this hike features abundant wildflowers with waist-high foliage as you make your way through the meadows and great views of the Central Cascades at the top. This time, we settled for ankle-high foliage and clear trails, some early wildflowers, including paintbrush, trillium, yellow monkey flowers, spreading phlox, larkspur and blooming bear-grass. Once at the top, the snow completely obscured the trail so we didn't make it to the obligatory viewpoint and lunch spot. There were no mountain views on this foggy, misty day anyway. Despite the unusual weather, everyone proved to be good sports and we enjoyed the walk, seeing Lowder Mountain in a new light.Members: Sharon Duncan, Jim Duncan, Helen Martz, Lyn Gilman-Garrick, Susan Sanazaro, Ernst Schwintzer. Nonmembers: Mary Christensen, Norma Bengiat.
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