Elk, Rain, and Beer at the Oregon Coast
I could say that our quick trip to the beach went without a hitch. I could say that the weather was perfect. I could say that my wife was thrilled about hiking today at Ecola State Park. I could say that our dog again amazed me with his training. Sadly, those would all be lies.
It was misty when we arrived at our hotel. A walk on the beach quickly got interesting. We took the wrong path and ended up in a broad grassy area in front of condos. Not a soul was around. We thought it was a good place to let Jackie Chan off leash. Wrong. I threw the ball once, and he ran hard—the wrong way, immediately veering to the south. I called to him, but he kept going. I noticed manure on the ground that looked a bit like horse droppings. It turned out there was a herd of elk on the Oregon coast. I could see a few heads beyond some dune grass. Jackie returned in a few minutes. The leash stayed on after that, as we walked in the rain on the sand.
We had a nice evening in the McMenamin’s Gearhart Hotel, enjoying happy hour and a movie, then relaxation in our room. In the morning, we went out for a second walk on the beach. Neither rain nor elk interfered this time. We had a great breakfast at the hotel, then packed up and headed to Ecola State Park. As Denise was still recovering from a medical procedure, she wasn’t up for much hiking. We did manage to stretch our legs a bit, then we headed home, feeling lucky that the beautiful Oregon coast is close enough for short trips..
Posted on November 5, 2013, in Hiking with dogs, Outdoors, Waterways and tagged Easy Oregon coast hiking, Ecola State Park, Elk, Gearhart Hotel, Gearhart Oregon, Oregon Coast. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.