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City: North Pole
Begins: Jun 8, 2011
Date: Fri, Jul 29th, 2011
Start: Florence, OR
End: Tahkenitch Landing CG
Entry Visits: 1,687
Journal Visits: 10,200
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Guestbook Entrys: 9
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Mike lost his hat on the bridge. But it landed on the mud flat. We walked into the sand dunes as horses came galloping by. Once on the beach, the wind was howling again. Maybe 20 mph. Marine layer clouds visibilty as the sand dune tour buggy zoomed by. Not knowing if the atv's will see us before running over us combined with the wind, we baled to what we thought was a road. It was a sand atv trail. We bushwacked to another road that wasn't much better. Crawling on hands and knees at times trying to get through on elk trails.
We came out at driftwood atv Campground and ate lunch out of the wind. Dirt bikes and quads everywhere. And all the accompanying toy haulers, RVs and canopies. The paved area was great at keeping the dust down. Pay showers. A great set up for motorized fun in the dunes.
We however prefer a quieter campground and we walked the road to Tahkenitch Landing campground. A nice quiet secluded lake, a fishing paradise. The road walk was not fun. In fact, near deadly. Old folks on the last years of their driving license are now cruising america in the largest vehicle they have ever driven. They hug the white line. That gives us about 8 inches of shoulder to walk on.
There was no phone service here but Ron stopped to ask about the fishing and gave me a ride to Carter Lake where I was able to call Roy.
My friend Roy drove out to see me and we took advantage of the ride to Roseburg and flew back to Lake Tahoe. We will hike the Tahoe Rim trail and finish off the last two weeks of this adventure in the mountains. Far from zooming cars and blowing sands.
Thanks Roy for all your hospitality! Ron, Matt, and all the other trail angels that made this trip possible. Its an incredible place to see, but it just isn't quite finished yet.