Saturday, Sunday, July 1st & 2nd, … Days 56 & 57 … Tillicum Beach National Forest Campground, OR.
Slept in again, light mist all night dripping from the pines and tapping on the roof. Overcast again today, quick walk along the ocean this morning, more campers around for the week end but no one out this early … kinda nice. Later we took our chairs down to the beach, Carol read, went for a walk while I tapped on the laptop for a while and made some phone calls …. Enjoyed our lunch watching the surf … then another walk. Rib Eye(from Colorado) tonight…….Mmmm good! Sunday: Sunshine! last day here, heading north to L.L. Stewart Stubb Memorial State Park, near the Columbia River. Big breakfast this morning followed by a 2 mile walk on the beach, packed a lunch and headed south to Cape Perpetua for a bit of hiking, on the way we stopped in the town of Yachets(ya-has) at a farmers market, picked up some fresh (large) blackberries and fresh peas & cucumbers. Nice market, local farmers and artisans selling their wares. Very cool, nifty little town, lots of character. We drove to the top of the mountain looking for info on trails, not much to go by, took a walk along a scenic loop overlooking the ocean and the Devils Churn(a rocky inlet/ gorge that takes a pounding from the seas). Cape Perpetua is in the Siuslaw National Forest right on scenic coastal highway 101. We opted to take the trail down(800’ drop) to the visitor center, nice cool walk light breeze, lower 60’s, lots of giant Sitka Spruce trees, Foxglove lining the trails(the Foxglove is considered an invasive species out here) nice trail with many switchbacks, beautiful look outs of the Pacific Ocean along the way. Spoke with some of the staff and rangers at the visitor’s center, very informative, helpful & happy folks. Back up the trail(hill) we go, picnic lunch at the Devil’s Churn, about a 3 1/2 mile hike. Back at the campground we packed our chairs for one last sit by the ocean before we start packing for tomorrow’s journey north… moving on!
Cape Perpetua, Yachets, Oregon, view from above!
Pics from the hike!
and so it goes ......