Oregon Coast Trail

May 27-29, 1989

Left Eugene at 1 p.m. Saturday and drove direct to Oswald West Campground. Due to wet and unpromising weather, finding a campsite was easy. After setting up camp, we decided to hike up on Cape Falcon rather than climb Neahkahnie Mountain — this again an action in reference to the weather. On the cape the plants are lush this year, especially the salal. The Sunday hike began at Cannon Beach and came out on 101 after we had traversed Arch Cape. We had time and energy enough, so went north to Ecola Park, poked around the picnic grounds and paths above the ocean, and then hiked back to Cannon Beach. It seemed amazing not to be really rained on although at moments we did use our rain gear. Monday Doris had to return to Eugene, so she missed the walk up Saddle Mountain. On Saddle Mountain the flowers seemed uncommonly plentiful and healthy. Perhaps all the moisture in the air gives them a special boost. For hikers there was no view from the top although as we descended the weather showed signs of improving. Hikers on the 1989 Memorial Day trip included Doris Allen, Hans Schock and Emmy Dale, leader.

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