Walking the Oregon Coast Trail, Day 17

Tillamook to Manzanita Beach (actual date Monday 6/9/14) It was tough to fall asleep worried about bedbugs. But my worries were in vain. I slept hard and needed an alarm to wake up. I was walking by 7:45am and eating toast and oatmeal in a Bay City greasy spoon, Downie’s Cafe, by 9:30. A local came in and ordered a giant stack of pancakes. That … Continue reading Walking the Oregon Coast Trail, Day 17

Walking the Oregon Coast Trail, Day 16

Neskowin Beach to Tillamook (actual date Sunday 6/8/14) Sleeping on soft sand isn’t comfortable. Makes for a restless night. At some point I’m sure I hear footsteps and breathing outside my tent, maybe even a drawn-out sigh as if my presence on the bluff is frustrating. I hear someone spit, then walk away. In my dream, my friend Kali rescues a male husky from a … Continue reading Walking the Oregon Coast Trail, Day 16

Walking the Oregon Coast Trail, Day 15

Beverly Beach State Park to Neskowin Beach (actual date Saturday 6/7/14) I kept waking up to the sound of animals.  High-pitched growls and screams exploded sporadically in the early morning hours but never could I identify what I was hearing, let alone what was going on.  During my sunrise hobble to the campground bathroom I saw at least two RV sites covered in trash. I … Continue reading Walking the Oregon Coast Trail, Day 15

Walking the Oregon Coast Trail, Day 14

Zero Day at Beverly Beach State Park (actual date Friday, 6/6/14) Last night I turned in early.  All was peaceful until a man and a woman arrived at the hiker-biker camp with roller bags and loud voices.  Through the mesh of my tent I could see them.  Middle-aged, skinny and dirty.  When they opened their luggage it exploded like a zit.  It overflowed with clothes … Continue reading Walking the Oregon Coast Trail, Day 14

Walking the Oregon Coast Trail, Day 13

Waldport (hotel) to Beverly Beach State Park (Newport) (actual date Thursday 6/5/14) I woke up confused.  My skin felt swollen and dry.  I stayed up too late drying things out and getting laundry done.  I didn’t want to watch TV and there wasn’t anything on anyhow.  But still I incessantly flipped channels.  I reminded me of my dad when we first got cable back in … Continue reading Walking the Oregon Coast Trail, Day 13

Walking the Oregon Coast Trail, Day 12

Carl Washburne State Park to Waldport (actual date Wednesday 6/4/14) In this morning’s dream I stumble upon a box filled with various treasures – gold coins and collectible bills, antiques with rusty edges, records in worn sleeves, a new pair of trail running shoes.  I can take whatever I want.  But I leave with nothing from the lot.  I don’t have room for anything else … Continue reading Walking the Oregon Coast Trail, Day 12

Walking the Oregon Coast Trail, Day 11

Jessie Honeyman State Park to Carl Washburne State Park, near Florence (actual date Tuesday 6/3/14) In my reoccurring dream, I try so hard to keep up with a man walking ahead of me, but it’s impossible.  The small shine of his white hair moves farther and farther away until it is a flashlight on a distant island, dancing around as if illuminating shells that lay … Continue reading Walking the Oregon Coast Trail, Day 11

Walking the Oregon Coast Trail, Day 10

William Tugman State Park to Jessie Honeyman State Park (actual date Monday 6/2/14) In the morning I sing the praises of bug repellent.  Giant mosquitoes hover and hum as if debating the safety of a clumsy landing.  I’ve never seen a swarm of bees yet I imagine this is what it’s like to encounter one, albeit one in slow-motion.  The thick cloud hums like a … Continue reading Walking the Oregon Coast Trail, Day 10

Walking the Oregon Coast Trail, Day 9

North Bend (Quality Inn) to William Tugman State Park (actual date Sunday 6/1/14) At the free breakfast, folks silently weaved through each other while waiting for the make-your-own waffle machine to beep.  They stacked danish, toast, and too much of every other tasteless option on their styrofoam plates while their eyes trained on the sort of TV news channel where anchors and correspondents yell at … Continue reading Walking the Oregon Coast Trail, Day 9