This is the 28th time Jane has led Eel Creek. Lucky for us, it is tradition not to cancel no matter what how gloomy the weather report. The hike began at the Eel Creek Campground and the Dellenback Trailhead where we followed the trail through Douglas fir forest to the impressive Umpqua Dunes. Sun, changing clouds and intermittent light rain enhanced the dunescapes on the dunes to the deflation plain. The water was knee deep on the trail through the forest marsh so that many removed their boots and waded to the foredunes. After lunch, we walked a mile or so on the beach but we were forced to retrace our steps when we discovered that the loop trail was now a lake. We did find a Japanese plastic fuel container and later notified the Oregon Beach Debris about its location. One hiker said, “It was adventurous and fun “. Not bad for a December coast hike.Members: Jane Hackett, Janet Jacobsen, Julie Dorland, Patricia Esch, Nancy Whitfield, Jim Whitfield, Wayne Cleall, Beth Roy. Nonmembers: Janel Laidman, Cheryl Belleau, Claire Belleau, Lindsey Belleau, Johnny Kilroy, Ken DenOuden.
Headed for the top of the Umpqua dunes—photo by Janel Laidman
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