Coast, Cape Perpetua to Florence

March 10, 1984

We left Eugene in the rain, and with a few interruptions for sun, it rained until we reached Devil’s Churn parking lot. Then the skies started to clear and the rest of the day was beautiful. We checked the churn, which was not as active as sometimes but enough so to be interesting. Then a hike via the back trail showed us a number of plants in bloom and others just coming up. Work being done on a tunnel crossing under the highway from the Visitors Center to the Churn area kept us from visiting the center. A walk on the beach at the northerly Neptune Beach Park parking lot, took us among large rocks on the beach and to four agates in the rough. Lunch in the sun at this spot was very nice. A stop at Devil’s Elbow Park led to a hike to the lighthouse, which is, operating. We bird-watched, whale watched (yes, you can see whales going by from near the lighthouse) and seal watched from the rocks lower down. Near Sea Lion Caves we observed many sea lions snoozing on the rocks below. Four of the party were Obsidians; three are life members. Coastal hikers were Sandra Carpenter, Judy Forell, Whitey Lueck, Margaret Markley and leaders Kenneth and Robin Lodewick.

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