Coastal Area

November 13, 1982

“What is so rare as a day in June?” asks the poet. We can answer, “A day on the Oregon coast in November sunshine!” Twenty Obsidians explored two new, easy hitting spots in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation area south of Florence. The first part of the trip took us on a 4.2 miles round trip on a newly opened trail between U.S. 101 at Siltcoos Lake. After lunch, which was eaten a mile further south at the Dunes Overlook, we all took a two-mile round trip through the dunes to the beach. While some snoozed or chatted in the sun, others added about three more miles of hiking on the sand near the retreating tide. Them was not a cloud in the sky!

Six milers and nine milers (no record was kept of who was which) included Elliot and Priscilia Aronin, Mary Burnet, Dal Doremus, Judy Forell, Gladys Grancorvitz, Bonnie Ledford, Herb Lee, Doug Long, Helen Lynch, Margaret Markley, Ken and Louise Masterson, Rabeca Reese, Alys Riley, Ted Stern, Paula Vehrs, Greg Wannier, Tawnya Yoast and leader Phyl Ford. A special thanks goes to Margaret Markley for scouting in advance and locating the unmarked, unsigned trailhead — and we suspect it will become one of her favorites since it is so close to home for her.

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