Day 2 starts where Day 1 ended: at the beach access road from Sunset Beach State Recreation Area. I managed to capture a track for this portion of the hike.
We started southward towards Gearhart and Seaside. We noticed on Day 1 that we felt a bit low during the longer stretches of hiking, so today we brought along some fast-acting lumps of sugar.
Today will end at Seaside, but looking onward, you can see what comes on Day 3: an ascent into that cloud.
But for now, we tried to focus on today. This stretch of beach is popular for recreational drivers, and there are tire tracks everywhere.
Two soon-to-be-heavily-burdened hikers:
We were about to stop for another crackers-and-cheese lunch when we realized where we were! We stopped for the bathrooms and cajun tater tots at The Sand Trap.
We still had Jackson, so it didn’t seem polite to eat at the restaurant. We took our tots to go, and found a nice spot on the dunes nearby. This is me, trying to keep our gear sand-free:
The Obstacle of the Day was this construction zone. We followed the residential streets in Gearhart, wanting to take as short a hop on 101 as possible, but after we crossed into Seaside and cut back into the housing, we found that an entire street had been turned back into a beach.
A mile later, we arrived back at the Seaside cabin, this time on foot, and settled in for a fresh crab dinner. Tomorrow is a rest day, and Friday we ascend the bluff at Ecola State Park!