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Fireweed - Other Trail Journal - 2015

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Mary "Fireweed" Kwart
City: Ashland
State: Oregon
Country: USA
Begins: Jun 9, 2015
Direction: Westbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Jun 12th, 2015
Start: Paradise Lodge
End: Illahe Lodge
Daily Distance: 11.5
Trip Distance: 40.2

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 328
Journal Visits: 2,525
Guestbook Views: 91
Guestbook Entrys: 2

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Paradise Lodge Porch

Another Idyllic Swimming Hole

We encountered our first rattlesnake today in the woods above some switchbacks. The owner of Illahe lodge talked about it like it was a fixture that all hikers encountered. It coiled at the base of a large Ponderosa pine and I slipped by. Paradise Lodge had packed our lunches for us, so we had plenty of food again. Another hot day and we quickly took advantage of the pool at the base of a waterfall in Flora Dell Creek. Illahe Lodge is a ways from the river and a good thing too. It escaped the devastation of the 1964 flood--a subject of re-occuring tale telling in these parts. Ernie and his daughter Colleen had lived here all their lives. The lodge was built during WWII and has hosted many guests, including Roy Clark from 60's country western TV fame. We sat out on the spacious porch. Once again a large dinner--turkey, stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes and apple pie a la mode for dessert. Ernie told many tales of living on the river.

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Lower Rogue River Trail



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