We survived the night in our new, narrow mummy-bags! At 1am, however, we were both woken by the sound of someone in our campsite. Last night, we just felt so uneasy that we put everything in the tent with us, so luckily nothing was taken. Our "hiker" friend didn’t show his face in the morning. I showered and we finished off our bagels and yogurt and hit the beach.
About five miles and two hairy stream crossings later, we reach the end of the beach and the beginning of Yachats. This trail leads up to the historic 804 trail, which follows an old wagon road along the bluff and into town.
Tired and starving, we drop into the Underground Pub near the Yachats River and proceed to order too much food. Burgers, veggie tempura, pie. So yummy. Also did some phone charging.
Some afternoon planning was done too. The original idea was to catch the Amanda Trail a couple miles to the south and take it up (way up) and over Cape Perpetua and back down for six miles to the Forest Service Campground. The other option was to stay on 101 past the trailhead for another 1.5 miles and access the campground from the highway. Guess what we chose.
There were some fantastic (if cloudy) views along this route.
What you see here is a WIDE shoulder, which was rare, it turns out. It was a nervewracking 1.5 miles. (Before the trailhead, the shoulder was practically a trail, it was so wide and safe.)
At the campground, we selected a lovely spot (that had a ton of firewood in it already), and started a big, cozy fire. About an hour later, Meg was finally able to find the camp hosts and set about to negotiate a hiker rate. Well, she got us a $22 campsite for $6, but we had to share it:
It did require putting out our first beautiful fire, but what a great deal! Our hosts, Willy and De Nese, came and chatted merrily with us for a while. Willy then gave us some free wood and we arranged to keep our food in his truck that night to keep it safe from bears. We had a very nice evening and were even able to reheat our veggie tempura for supper!
Meg couldn’t resist such a great photo opp…