Oregon Coast

May 21, 1983

Ten of us headed for Florence in sunshine. We picked up Margaret, Bee and Bob at Honeyman Park, then drove on four miles to Siltcoos Lake parking area. Hiking the woodsy, good trail, mid spruce trees, salal, and ferns, was refreshing. Winter wrens sang, darted about, and delighted our bird lovers. At the lake Barb saw a humming bird, and Margaret heard fly catchers and an Olsen warbler. After lunch, in a sunny spot, we hiked the other branch of trail to where the Job Corps is constructing several more campsites. From this beach a saucy loon in winter plumage performed for us. Two Osprey circled over the end of Booth Island. We hiked up the winding trail, then drove into Siltcoos Camp for a brisk walk on the beach in the wind. In Wax Myrtle Camp Margaret Markley led us to a special spot where we saw rare allatropa virgata, or “candy stick” flowers of red and white stripe.

Next stop was Mo’s. To our amazement “Free Souls” had taken over Old Town. Hundreds of huge motorcycles lined both sides of the street facing inward. We felt the pulsating excitement as we dared to elbow our way amongst cyclists on the crowded sidewalks.

Enjoying the day were newcomer Mary Ann Ramsey, and members Gladys Grancorvitz, Barbara Elsen, Karen Houglum, Bonnie Ledford, Margaret Markley, John and Lenore McManigal, Bob and Bee Meserole, Evelyn Schmitt, Ruth Smith and leader Helen Lynch.

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