Tahkentitch Dunes

January 1, 2008

The weather was less than ideal in the parking lot at Target on West 11th as people began to gather for our trip to the Coast. It was foggy and about 35 degrees. However, about half of the 24 hikers were at least 15 minutes early for our 9 a.m. departure. We lost six of our potential 30 hikers via cancellation before we began—most to weather concerns and at least one who called to say she had overslept. We managed to fit everyone into five cars and headed for the trailhead. Despite the previous day’s icy conditions and the still miserable valley weather, the drive was not treacherous and went without a hitch. We arrived at the trailhead to temperatures in the low 40s and high cloudiness. We hiked the route counterclockwise and were only rerouted about 100 feet back on the trail to get down to the beach by the creek for the beachwalk part of the hike. Depending on tides, etc., this hike can now require some major dune bushwhacking to get from the trail down to the beach. We stopped at the the “fallen logs” entrance from the beach back into the dunes for lunch. There was virtually no breeze, calm seas, and sunshine breaking through the high clouds. In recognition of Sheila Ward, who had led new years day hikes for years before passing away this past August, co-leader Dave Becker, Yuan Hopkins and myself (Stewart Hoeg), passed out chocolates to commemorate Sheila’s January 1st birthday and her long service including her new years day hikes. Given the easy drive, excellent weather and the ease with which we were able to get to the beach, it was clear that Sheila was still taking care of us. An excellent time was had by all.

Hikers included members: Jim and Sharon Duncan, Kathy and Stewart Hoeg, Marshall Kandell, Barb Bruns, Sharon Ritchie, Max Brown, Yuan Hopkins, LaRee Beckley, John Agnew, Jim Pierce, Dave Becker, Walt Dolliver, Barbara Schomaker, Lynn Moody, Brenda Kameenui, Daniele Delaby, Sachiko Iwasaki, Pat Soussan, Jane Allen, Anne-Marie Askew, Mari Baldwin and non-member Charlene Pierce.

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