Northern Coast—Vicinity of Oswald West

May 26-28, 1984

Cannon Beach is about 200 miles from Eugene—a trip. to consider only when there is enough time, good weather, and pleasant company. The usual equipment is nice. Hiking boots, or at least shoes, are recommended even though—in this case—less important than the time, weather or good people.

Using Cannon Beach Deli as our midday rendezvous, eleven of our party had lunch there before driving ten miles south to Oswald West State Park where three others had suffered the brunt of Memorial Day overpopulation in the camp ground. These were patient and helpful people. Luckily, we were able to get four camp sites for our party. The rate, incidentally, is $5 per night per camp space.

Our group enjoyed three splendid hikes. Saturday we walked up Neahkahnie Mountain in late afternoon to find a rare view of land and sea while seated in a carpet of many colored flowers. William Wordsworth would have been an even better poet if he had had this experience! The Sunday hike (leaving from our camp again) went north over Cape Falcon and Arch Cape, both wooded headlands with occasional views, and then came down to the beach for the last five miles of wind, water, and tide pools. Memorial Day found most of us on Saddle Mountain, the highest point on the northern Coast Range.

Ms. Dale forgot her boots which will best be explained by a 1000 page trilogy. Thanks to Elaine Barrar and Dallas Cole the practical problem was temporarily solved, so the trip could go on. The novels are forthcoming and the feet are healing.

Included In this well-favored party were Doris Allen, Dee Bray, Bob Emmich, Elaine and Dick Barrar, Dallas and Jack Cole, Judith Engle, Dot Leland, Sally McGavin, Glenn Meares, Terry Whipple, Jan White, and leader Emmy Dale.


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