Walking the Oregon Coast Trail, Day 6

Floras Lake to Bullards Beach State Park (actual date Thursday, 5/29/14) Either my Camelbak leaks or I don’t remember drinking a bunch of water during the night.  Because this morning it was bone dry, leaving me with a mere 2 liters of bottled water for my upcoming 15-mile slog in the sand.  And against a cold wind, no less, that was already howling as I … Continue reading Walking the Oregon Coast Trail, Day 6

Walking the Oregon Coast Trail, Day 5

Paradise Point to Floras Lake (actual date Wednesday, 5/28/14) The rain last night drowned out the sound of the ocean.  Made me quit thinking about sneaker waves and tsunamis and wonder when it would all stop.  Soothing for the most part, an occasional downpour turned the rainfly into a snare drum which snapped me awake to think about the (wet) hike ahead.  These moments were … Continue reading Walking the Oregon Coast Trail, Day 5

Walking the Oregon Coast Trail, Day 3

Gold Beach Visitor’s Center to Sisters Rock (actual date Monday, 5/26/14) I woke up to the sound of a marching band playing Yankee Doodle Dandy.  Songs celebrating America provided a soundtrack for my new morning ritual consisting of eating a can of pears, painting, and breaking camp.  It was Memorial Day and Gold Beach was abuzz by 7:30am.  Seems that adjacent to the visitor’s center … Continue reading Walking the Oregon Coast Trail, Day 3

Walking the Oregon Coast Trail, Day 2

Lone Ranch to Gold Beach Visitor’s Center (actual date Sunday, 5/25/2014) Must have been around 2:00am that I was stirred awake and my tent lit up.  I swear I saw a silhouetted human shape, so I shouted,”who’s there?”  I rubbed my eyes, my heart began beating madly, and just like that the light faded and all was back to normal.  No response, no footsteps, nothing. … Continue reading Walking the Oregon Coast Trail, Day 2

Walking the Oregon Coast Trail, Day 1

Crissey Field State Park to Lone Ranch in Samuel Boardman State Park (actual date Saturday, 5/24/14) Day one was a bit more eventful than I expect subsequent days will be.  I had been in Kelseyville, CA visiting my Grandma, Auntie and cousins which meant that before any walking could happen, a mini road trip was in order.  I offered to take the wheel for the … Continue reading Walking the Oregon Coast Trail, Day 1