Six of us started from Eugene in a driving rain for the coast. It was still raining when we arrived in Elkton where we stopped at the bakery to get coffee and a snack. When we left Elkton the rain turned into heavy snow. When we stopped at Dean Creek Elk Reserve it was just sprinkles. At the trail head as we started we had a brief bout of hail. The hike itself was under broken blue sky's a little sun with good views. We never made it to the beach. The deflation plane was full of water right up to the edge of the sand. We spent some time trying to find the trail across without success. So we hiked further south, found a shelter place high on the side of a tree island for lunch with a view of the ocean. We left the trail head in a larger hail storm and headed for Florence for coffee, ice cream and what ever.Members: Jane Hackett, Kathy Randall, Holger Krentz, Cindy Rice, Tom Rundle. Nonmembers: Leigh Williams.
Water obstacles in the deflation plain—photo by Kathy Randall
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