Coast—Sunset Bay to Cape Arago

April 13, 1985

This year’s not-so-rainy spring has kept the trail from softening at cliff-edge on the river terrace between Sunset Bay and Cape Arago, making for good footing and happy picture taking as we meandered along some of the most picturesque formations on the Oregon coast. The low tide of midday made the rocks accessible at Simpson’s Reef, so binoculars were needed to spot the sea lions who chose to stay on the outermost rocks, as numerous earlier sightseers were climbing on the nearer ones, invading the close in see lion basking territory. We had not previously seen the rocks here exposed so completely.

The fog, which had greeted us at Sunset Bay, gave way to sunshine by the time we reached Cape Arago, shortly after 1 p.m., where we stopped to enjoy a leisurely lunch on the south hillside and explored the rocky beach below. On our returning hike we admired the gardens in bloom at Shore Acres before making our way back through the twisting greenery beside the cliffs. It’s the best time of year to enjoy salal with its small pink blooms, and the silvery sheen that an afternoon sun spreads over the ocean below.

Hiking the coast on this brisk Saturday were Elliot and Priscilla Aronin, Ted Castell, Nancie Fadeley, Judy Forell, Bob Foster, Gladys Grancorvitz, Ron Golan, Gary Hammel, Lee Hatch, Corinne Hunt, Janice Legris, Norma Lockyear, Betty Macy, Martha Mitchell, Sharon Poticha, Fred Schepman, Ted Stern, and leaders Jack and Dallas Cole.

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