October 12, 1991
One car load of hikers responded by the announced starting time, so we did not tarry for stragglers.
While the atmospheric conditions seemed auspicious in the S.E.H.S. parking lot, we still had concern
about what we would find on the coast.
Having made a timely start, we easily programmed a refreshing stop at the Ginger Bread Village
near Mapleton before proceeding to the Tahkenitch Wayside trailhead.
Being such a streamlined group, we reached our Threemile Lake objective a good 15 minutes before noon.
Hiking conditions were ideal but the prolonged summer dryness had stifled mushroom production,
which usually provides that stretch of trail with some interesting specimens.
We also remarked on the contrasting prevalence of rough-skinned newts.
This year we saw only two, compared with 85 a year ago on a stormy day.
Following lunch, we hiked out to the beach and made our return along the surf’s edge to the
point we had to turn inland to complete the loop.
All in all, it was a good hike on a great day with interesting and congenial company which included
Joanne Haines, Fredric Kropp, Teresa Ladd, Bonnie Ledford and Vernon Barkhurst, leader.