Oregon Coast Trail

May 24-26, 1986

Memorial Day weekend in the Cannon Beach neighborhood is a study in contrasts. The towns and campgrounds are crawling with people, but the trails are deserted. The sun shines brightly in spells and the rain descends violently when it will. There are tremendous views and vistas out to sea and moments when one can barely see one’s own hand. The mud is intense and the flowers are lavish, almost shocking in their display.

After making a base camp at Oswald West State Park, our party climbed Neahkahnie Mountain on Saturday, coming down just at sunset. On Sunday we hiked all the way from Cannon Beach back to camp, about 13 miles. This was a splendid event because of a minus 2 low tide which allowed us to walk out to Haystack Rock and observe many under-the-sea wonders usually obscured by the water. Then, safely around Hug Point, we steamed over Arch Cape and Cape Falcon, headlands which felt like jungles in the heat and camp of this particular day. Glorious to descend into our camp sans auto! Our third day began with heavy rain on the tents, so we headed for a warm breakfast in town before going to Seaside where we trudged up and over Tillamook Head in the rain, mud, and solitude that is the essence of the Oregon Coast.

Our party, all Obsidians to the bone, included Jane Hackett, Lee Hatch, Dave Predeek, and Emmy Dale, leader. A magical trip, a sentimental journey, both in and out of history, a dance for the rain gods!

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