Field Trip & Coast Hike

March 17-19, 1989

Sunday dawned bright and sunny, perfect for hiking about five miles of the beautiful coast trail in Samuel Boardman State Park just north of Brookings. Using a car shuttle we avoided the highway walking otherwise necessitated by the erosion of the coastline between steep headlands. Starting at Miners Creek, where tree-topped off-shore rocks, waterfalls and early wild flowers (violets, manzanita, blue flags and yellow “Footsteps of Spring” among others) set the tone of the day, we hiked the well-maintained trail to Thunder Rock Cove and the nearby Natural Bridges. Thence we shuttled a half-mile south to Thomas Creek Bridge, winding through the dense forest slopes and open, grass and salal-covered headlands to the sandy stretch called Indian Sands, where we feasted on the panoramic view and lunch. Several whale spouts were visible as we crossed Indian Sands. We were in trees again for the final leg of the hike, but the blue ocean was often visible over our right shoulders as we rounded two more headlands before descending to the beach and our cars at Whalehead Cove.

Some of our hikers explored the beach before returning to Brookings to visit the Redwoods in Loeb Park. Some started directly back for Eugene, about a five-hour drive counting the frozen yogurt stop in Bandon. Incidentally, in the area of cuisine, two good restaurants to know about in Brookings are right on the highway in town, small and reasonable and friendly: Mama’s (Italian) and Rubio’s (Mexican). O.K., we were not exactly roughing it at the Brookings Inn Best Western Hotel either, though we point with pride at the two intrepid campers, our two Barbaras, who pitched tents at Harris Beach State Park in the rain both nights. Our weekend outing included Louise Behnke, Barb Elsen, Nancie Fadeley, Bob Foster, Whitey Lueck, Vi Johnson, Betty Macy, Marriner Orum, Hans Schock, Barbara Schulz, and co-leaders Emmy Dale and Dallas Cole.

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