With rain and high winds predicted for the coast, three of us decided to substitute Sweet Creek Falls for the Amanda Trail hike. Neither Lisa nor Joanne had hiked that beautiful trail. At the trailhead, Dick Vigne of Coos Bay asked to join us since everyone from his south coast hiking group was a no show. The abundant flowing water and rain energized us to continue on to Yachats and to at least hike a mile on the new Amanda Trail to the bridge and creek where stands the concrete statue (2009) of Amanda De-Cuys, a blind Native American woman who was forced to give up her daughter and march with other member of her tribe from Coos Bay to Yachats where they were interred. Joanne remarked that rock platform for the statue was in the shape of a teardrop. On the way back we had a view of the Cleft of the Rock Lighthouse, a privately owned lighthouse. After clam chowder at Luna Sea Fish, we headed for a short hike at Cape Perpetua and Devil’s Churn. We discovered that Lisa is a first rate agate hunter. Since it was Joanne’s first time at this part of the coast, we had to drive to the top of Cape Perpetua for the breathtaking view. Joanne commented on the way home that the day was filled with many images of water: waterfalls, waves, rain, and a teardrop.Members: Janet Jacobsen, Lisa Marcus. Nonmembers: Joanne Williams.
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