Articles by Fern Anderson

Getting to Nesika

By Fern Anderson
Back in 1938 when I made my first trip to Nesika, my parents and I rode to the Trails Club gate, parked the car in the “parking lot” and hiked the rest of the way in to the lodge. The parking lot was just a large, fairly level area where nearly everyone left their vehicles in those days. There was a road that we hiked on, but only large supply trucks ventured on it. You see, four-wheel drive vehicles were very uncommon, so it took a big truck with a load on it to negotiate the road, which actually was an old logging road, but the Trails Club maintained it for their ingress and egress to their property. The road from the parking lot went down quite a grade, crossing three creeks and then leveling out at Multnomah Basin. The climb back up to the cars after a busy weekend really tired me out when I was a little girl; however, several times I was able to ride up in the empty supply truck.

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Saga of the Stoves

By Fern Anderson
Cooking at Nesika can mean many things.  Meal preparation is necessary if one is just staying there by themselves or with some of their family for just a couple of days, or it might mean cooking for 100 or more at a special celebration or convention.  Cooking at Nesika also brings into play the many facets of just existing and living at Nesika, such as having enough wood chopped to get through the whole cooking process that is being prepared for or hot water to wash the dishes.   Then there is the main appliance, the stove, or range, and this one item has gone through a number of phases at Nesika.

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Nesika Hosts the Arringtons

By Fern Anderson
By wagon train across the plains in the 1860s, the first Arrington family arrived in Oregon.  In 1912, Edwin J. decided to homestead in the Multnomah Basin, in the hills above Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge.  A few years later, the Trails Club of Oregon built Nesika Lodge on lands adjoining Multnomah Basin, and became good neighbors.

Edwin J and his wife had four children, Edwin A., Mabel, Warren and Lillian.  They planned to settle and establish a community of Swedenborgians in the Basin, but due to the remoteness of the area, those dreams never materialized.  During the time the family lived in the basin, Edwin A. met and married Dorothy; they lived in the Multnomah Basin from 1919 until 1933.  Their children were:  Jack, Adele, Janet and Audrey.  When the older children reached school age, they moved from the basin to a site along the Larch Mountain Road to be closer to the school.

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Henry Waespe

By Fern Anderson
Henry Waespe has always been a part of my life, mostly connected with the Trails Club and Nesika. When I was a little girl and as I was growing up, I just took for granted that Henry would be at Nesika when we were there. He was always working on a project, or fixing something, even when it was a social weekend and most people were just socializing. Even though party weekends were fun times, the basic things needed to be taken care of: fires kept stoked, water kept heated, dunnage brought in to the lodge, and on and on.

My parents knew Henry and his wife, Inez, long before I was on the scene. You see, Henry was one of the people who helped check out the 120 acres the Trails Club was proposing to purchase on Larch Mountain. He and some others were concerned about water supply, as creeks that run in the winter and spring do not always produce enough water for a bunch of people in the summer, unless they would be spring fed. When those scouting properties located several artesian springs on the land, it was a done deal; the Trails Club purchased the 120 acres on Sept. 30, 1922 from Evelyn Nicolai, an unmarried woman.

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Eva Arrington

By Fern Anderson
In the register book at Nesika she always signed her name as H. Eva Arrington, but we always knew her as Eva Arrington, the “H” remaining unknown. Eva was listed in the 1934 Trails Club directory with the address of Bridal Veil, Oregon.

Many years ago when my father first introduced my mother to Nesika via the Multnomah Basin, Eva and her family lived there. They had a five-acre plot, undoubtedly homesteaded, as that is the way most folks in the Basin came by their properties. The house was not a log cabin; I believe it had shakes on the side, and the house was rather small, but served their needs. The special thing about their acreage was that they had a well that supplied their water. This was not true for all Basin homesteaders; most relied on creek water.

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Flowers of Nesika

By Fern Anderson
It’s hard to know where to start when describing the flowers around the area at Nesika; does one go chronologically, or by beauty, or by abundance; hard to know. I’m going to try to go mostly chronologically, but sometimes it may not be totally accurate, as some years we see many different wildflowers than other years. I’m sure it depends on how severe the winters are, how much snow cover the ground has and for how long, and how much it rains after the snow is melted.

When I was a little girl, Nesika had the most beautiful gardens down in front of the lodge. There were several sets of stairs with landings between and native flowers in beds on both sides of the stairs. At the bottom of the tiers of stairs was a beautiful pond with a fountain that spouted like an umbrella. Most every time we went to Nesika, my mom and other women that were there worked on the flower beds, and it is probably one of the first places I learned how to pull weeds. As the older members grew unable to make it to Nesika, the native weeds and plants slowly overtook the garden. There were a number of flowers and ferns in a bed in front of the old lodge, which were transplanted (some to my house) when we tore the lodge down, preparing to rebuild. In the front of the old lodge was quite a bit of Bishop’s Weed, a pretty ground cover with variegated leaves, which we transplanted to a spot near the boy’s dorm and it has gotten quite large in that area.

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