Five of us appreciated all of the work that Eugene Parks and Open Space Staff and the Obsidian Trail volunteers accomplished the previous day. The section from 52nd Willamette to the Tie Trail still has some large trees to scramble over. This will be a big job for Open Space staff. We saw two Calypso orchids, many droppy trilliums, and fawn lilies still waiting for warmer weather to bloom. It was not the wildflower hike I anticipated. We readjusted our expectations when Norma Bengiat told us that in the Bronx , dandelions were the first sign of spring. We did have rain for the last hour of the hike and were glad to see the shuttle car waiting for us at the Spring Trailhead. I was sorry that one hiker who canceled had planned to bring plastic ants for an April Fools surprise. Next year!Members: Janet Jacobsen, Norma Bengiat, Maggie Gontrum. Nonmembers: Daniel Hartnell, Sonja Kolstoe.
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