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Fireweed - Oregon Coastal Trail Journal - 2018

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Mary "Fireweed" Kwart
City: Ashland
State: Oregon
Country: USA
Begins: Aug 29, 2018
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Aug 29th, 2018
Start: Boid Cope campground parking lot
End: Boid Cope Campground parking lot
Daily Distance: 8.4
Trip Distance: 8.4

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 130
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Floras Lake south to Blacklock Point turnoff

Since I got stymied on the CDT a month ago I decided to hike on a long distance trail closer to home that I want to complete someday. My local eye doctor gave me the go ahead to backpack, saying that my posterior vitreous detachment process that started on the CDT in Colorado was past the time of retinal tear complications. So I am off doing a section of the Oregon Coast Trail, the hardest way possible--out and back day hikes because my spur of the moment decision precluded any shuttle help. I also will get a GPS track for my friend Trekker Bob who wants to hike the OCT next summer. I drove from Ashland and didn't start to hike until after 2 PM. The weather was foggy and mysterious. The trail guides to the OCT (Henderson, Sullivan)are very confusing because they are really written for day hikers. Trying to decipher a continuous trail line with mileages is frustrating. O few miles into the trail under the beautiful Pt. Orford cedars I met a guy who had a cloth knapsack full of just picked chantrelle mushrooms. He was resting next to the trail and scared me out of my forest walking reverie by calling out "Boo". He was camouflaged pretty well, so I didn't know where to look until he started to get up. As he walked away he said, "The huckleberries are ripe, too." The sun came out momentarily and the walk was very pleasant along a ridge above the ocean. I could hear the waves crashing below. I passed over several fresh water sources and decided to turn around at a turnoff to Blacklock Point. I used Gaia and my GPS for trail locating because there were several trails in the area that went to the Cape Blanco Airport. The OCT turned east away from the beach sooner than the guidebooks indicated. I found OCT markers that confirmed the direction. Tomorrow--to the Sixes River.

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