Oregon Dunes Loop (Oregon Coast) 16-Jun-2020

Our first day at the coast was predicted to be a wet one, but weather radar suggested that there would be a break in the precipitation action for a couple of hours. So we figured we could fit this 4.6 mile loop in between rain squalls. We almost did. But the rain only lasted for a half hour or so and our time on the beach was blessed with artistically cloudy, but rain-free, skies.

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John Dellenback Dunes Trail (Oregon Coast) 30-Jul-2018

John Dellenback Dunes Trail Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

Smoke from all the wildfires burning in our region finally broke our resolve and we cashed in hotel coupons we’d been saving for a special occasion (like breathing) and headed for the Oregon Coast for a few (too few) days of cool and breathable air (plus seafood). We used Bonnie Henderson’s Day Hiking Oregon Coast (2nd Edition, 2015) as our guide and, for our second hike (her #67), picked an out-and-back hike to the beach on the John Dellenback Dunes Trail (USFS #1339) in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.

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Tahkenitch Dunes Trail (Oregon Coast) 29-Jul-2018

Tahkenitch Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

Thanks (?) to all the wildfires burning in our region, the best air quality we’ve had in the past two weeks has been only “moderate” and it’s often been much worse. That, combined with triple digit (ºF) air temperatures, has made the daily routine tough and hiking nigh near impossible. The LovedOne was clinging to A/C like a shipwreck survivor to a leaky life raft. Finally, finally, it was just too much and we cashed in some hotel coupons we’d been saving for something special (like breathing) and headed for Reedsport on the Oregon Coast for a few (too few) days of cool air and particulate-free air (plus seafood).

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