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Old 06-19-2006, 06:06 PM
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Oregon Coast - Short Hike

I did a short (one-day) hike on the Oregon Coast on Sunday. It was a nice cool day - 60s and no rain.

There were clouds that eventually burned off with the late afternoon sun.

Here's a picture of the cloud cover and coastline earlier in the day.



I took along a 3-ounce wind jacket (Golite Ventus) to see how it would perform in the wind. I didn't expect much out of this jacket, but I was fairly impressed at the way it handled strong winds while walking on the beach. However, as expected, I did not like it on the trail (while hiking) - which is the case (for me) with most jackets... So, it was promptly stowed... I don't like to become overheated - and it doesn't take much clothing for me to get that way.

I came upon a deer - just 6-8 feet away from me. It didn't care too much that I was there. There was the usual muddy sections that so often appear on the costal trails.

I may consider a longer journey along the coast in the future. It's quite different from the inland mountain areas that I normally frequent. I wonder how long I'd still hear the sound of the ocean waves in my mind, once I completed a long journey. The powerful roar of the ocean was ever-present even well within the dense forest.

Overall, it was a pleasant experience.

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Old 06-20-2006, 04:40 AM
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Sounds like a fun hike, and from the looks of your photo it was very picturesque. Were you hiking along the beach, or is there a trail slightly inland? It sounds like you were hiking inland.

Also, is that Golite Ventus jacket breathable?
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Old 06-20-2006, 08:48 AM
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Sounds like a fun hike, and from the looks of your photo it was very picturesque. Were you hiking along the beach, or is there a trail slightly inland? It sounds like you were hiking inland.

The trail basically runs along the cliffs above the rocks, beach, ocean... The trails does lose sight of the ocean here and there and goes through dense forest - only to lead you back out for another great view.



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Also, is that Golite Ventus jacket breathable?

No.

In the strong wind with little exertion it was fine. I just have it around for the cooler summer winds that I encounter when I'm a little damp with sweat. I don't really expect much out of it...but it does fit the niche for which I take it along.

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Those are some beautiful shots, Reality. You are truly blessed with majestic scenery in your neck of the woods.
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Old 06-20-2006, 10:41 AM
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Those are some beautiful shots, Reality. You are truly blessed with majestic scenery in your neck of the woods.

You said (wrote) a mouthful (bufferful) WildlifeNate. It is very beautiful here. There are volcanoes, majestic mountains, lush valleys, old growth forests, alpine meadows, raging rivers, hundreds of lakes, the Pacific Ocean, and even desert regions. It truly does provide a wealth of adventurous options.

I've backpacked all over the country (USA), and have found most of what I've experienced throughout it right here in Oregon.

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Old 06-20-2006, 10:44 AM
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I've backpacked all over the country (USA), and have found most of what I've experienced throughout it right here in Oregon.

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Shhhh!!! Washington is much better.

Those are great shots, Reality. Is that around Ecola state park?
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Old 06-20-2006, 10:56 AM
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Those are great shots, Reality. Is that around Ecola state park?

Thanks. Yes, they are both in that relative area.

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