Sunset Bay to Cape Arago
June 11, 1983
Eleven hikers were just part of the scenery to two white-tailed deer
as they fed 50 yards away in the meadow above Sunset Bay.
They stood their ground as we moved quietly across the meadow to reach
the ocean terrace path and begin our hike south along the coast.
Blue, sunny skies, sea-sculptured terrace, exposed rock formation jutting up
from the swirling water below—all did their customary magic.
On the densely treed path, each viewpoint brings a surprising vista.
Then as the path opens onto the Shoreacres portion, one has wall-to-wall
rocks and ocean, erosion sculptures and encrustations and sea palms hanging
on out in the surf.
It’s hard to behold and keep moving at the same time, so it was nearly
three PM when we finished lunch at Cape Arago on our viewpoint above a mighty
display of foam-on-the-rocks.
Heading north again, we heard the sea lions perched on Simpsons Reef barking
even louder than before, as the tide and wind had changed since our approach.
We sampled the civilized delights of the botanical gardens at Shoreacres,
where the roses were at their height of bloom, then made our way back along
the oceanside trail.
At the foot of the bleached silver roots of our favorite fallen-trees
sculpture we found tiny wild strawberries and time for a tiny siesta
in the sun before the final leg of trail.
The deer had left the upper meadow, but down on the beach there was no
shortage of personnel.
Sunset Bay is called the most popular beach on the southern coast, and
Its protective cliff-walls make a perfect cove, which we always wish there
were another hour to explore before the two-hour drive back to Eugene.
Hikers were Nancie Fadeley, Karen Houglum, Evelyn Hill, Joyce Lowary,
Alys Riley, Adele Roberts, Evelyn Schmitt, Paula Vehrs, Ethel Weltman,
and leaders Jack and Dallas Cole.