Tahkenitch Dunes

October 6, 2001

Five hikers left Eugene under cloudy skies and the clouds stayed with us for most of the day. We were happy to discover that in honor of Beach Clean-Up Day we would not have to pay the $5 parking fee. This is one of my favorite hikes, and I was happy to share it with other Obsidians. The hike down to the beach was pleasant but uneventful. As we walked up towards Tahkenitch Creek outlet Susan discovered what appeared to be a whale vertebra on the sand. There were also many, many gulls sitting in or near the creek from the ocean to as far inland as we could see. The mystery is why were they there? Another surprise was our encounter with four armed, camouflage-dressed hunters at the point where you leave the beach to head up to Threemile Lake. They said they were looking for bear and deer (I have seen both while hiking here). It was an uncomfortable feeling to know that hunters could be in this area. I want to thank my hiking companions for the interesting conversations that ranged from building contractors, to the school system, to aspects of aging. Hikers included Susan Baker, Patty MacAfee, Sharon Thomas, Marilyn Waff and Sheila Ward, leader.

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