Ten hikers met on a beautiful Sunday morning and drove to the Lillian Falls trailhead. There were a few mosquitos awaiting our arrival, but their numbers were few (side note: "Researchers estimate that mosquitos have been responsible for half the deaths in human history." July-2012- New Yorker, p. 40).
We saw a few flowers but not as many as in past years. The falls were quite spectacular (good water volume) and everyone enjoyed the view. We returned to our starting point without incident (On our scout hike a week earlier we saw very fresh bear scat).
Then we drove down the road a couple of miles to the Joe Goddard Nature Trail to look at some really OLD and large trees. (8-10 feet in diameter-226 feet tall). Some of these giants are 700 to 1,000 yrs. old.
For lunch we stopped in Oakridge to boost their local economy, and to have root beer floats and hamburgers at the A&W Root Beer stand. YUM!Members: Guy Strahon, Barbara Bruns, Judy Terry, Karla Rusow, Norma Bengiat, Pat Soussan, Anne Bonine, Joanne Ledet. Nonmembers: Susan Whetstone, Robert Whetstone.
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