The beauty of today more than made up for my lack of enthusiasm about yesterday. I truly wished I had eyes in the back of my head so I could take it all in forward and backward. After walking through the pretty town of Port Orford, the final 7 miles were nothing but spectacular coastal scenery.
There wasn’t a single building, but I didn’t feel isolated at all. There were cars parked here and there along the way with others enjoying the scenery or the trails down to the beaches and tide pools. It was so nice not to have to u-turn and look for a turnout to pull over and enjoy the views when I saw something pretty. All I had to do was stop walking!
This was also the first time I could see how close my end point was throughout the walk, as Humbug Mountain was always within sight from mile 3 on – getting ever closer.
Traffic was fairly light, and spaced out far enough that I was able to hear the waves and seabirds. I glanced up a little dirt side track and surprised a doe – she took off up the way, and she was absolutely bouncing. I know they can do that, but I’ve never seen it and it was hilarious to watch. She looked like she was on a pogo stick… Boing, boing, boing.
I’ve seen a few vehicles along the coast that look like snowplows, but it doesn’t snow here much, so I wondered if they might be used for sand. Well, while I was walking, I heard a loud and unusual noise coming from an approaching vehicle. It was one of those plows, and he was escorting little rocks off the edge of the roadway & shoulder.
On the bus I met a couple who were biking long-distance, and 2 backpackers who started in Santa Barbara. It was fun swapping stories. On the way back to my car, we passed milepost 300. It’s hard to believe that it was only 30 walking days ago that I was on mile zero in the middle of the Astoria bridge as I crossed into Oregon. It seems so long ago.
As I’m typing this, I’m sitting at a viewpoint looking over the ocean, the stacks, and Humbug in the distance – and listening to some beautiful music. I don’t want to leave! Here are a couple more pics from my walking day:
Tomorrow should be another scenic day, though probably not as spectacular as today. I’ll need to ride my bike back to the car, and I’m not as confident Ridinwhile cycling as I am while walking – please pray that it won’t be too nerve-wracking!
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. ~ Psalm 139:10.