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YACHATS, OREGON 4-4-01

Today I walked 12 miles -- right around the halfway point between here & Florence, my next stop.
It was an absolutely beautiful day out -- clear blue sunny sky with just a little breeze. The ocean view was spectacular and I could see ocean all day during my walk. It was really neat.
Today I climbed Cape Perpetua. Everyone told me it was a steep hill to climb and that it was located 8 miles south of Yachats. So I was expecting something really steep. I kept going and kept going and still didn't come to this hill, so I stopped at a store and asked how much farther, and this guy looked at me kind of funny and said "3 miles back where you came from." Huh? I had climbed a few hills, but not a constant, steady grade like I was expecting. Boy was I surprised! There were many areas to pull over & enjoy the view, and there by Cape Perpetua was this sigh:
On March 11, 1778, after spending 5 days trying to sail against a stormy sea, Capt. James Cook made this entry in his journal: The Northern point was the same which we had first seen on the seventh; and on that account I called it "Cape Perpetua."
This area of Cape Perpetua was a source of fish & game for Native Americans, home to european settlers, and used as a military outpost.
Today when I left the motel, I took my phone with me and told Clayton & Agnes that I'd call them around 2:30-3:00 to come and get me and they said ok. I told them that there are 3 places where you can find me on the road:
1. sitting on a guard rail
2. check every scenic-view pullover area
3. check the restrooms at every state park
However, when my feet began hurting around 2 pm and I pulled out my phone to call them, my phone said "No Service." Rats, I hadn't thought about that." I hoped that C&A would come for me even if I didn't call. So I plodded on as best as I could. At one point I tried hitch hiking back, but no one stopped. So I continued on till I came to Washburne State Park. I was so excited when I saw a pay phone there, but when I picked up the receiver, a recording said "Out of Order." Rats again. By now I was thinking that maybe if C&A didn't hear from me an hour past 3:00, then they'd probably come looking, so they might show up around 4:30. I also knew this camp ground had "yurts" (small cabins), which I could pay for & sleep in if I absolutely had to. So there I was, sitting at this picnic table and toying with the idea of stretching out for a nap on top of this picnic table when the next car that pulled in was them!! It was only a little past 3:00,
and this was the first place they stopped at!! I was so happy to see them!! The motel room that we're staying at has a full kitchen, and Agnes has been fixing all the meals: meatloaf & potatoes, salad & pie for supper; sausage & waffles for breakfast; chicken & potato salad for supper; an omelet for breakfast. I know this sounds crazy, but I have thoroughly enjoyed that, rather than eating out all the time. What a treat! Y'all take care! KB

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