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Yachats Trails Update
By Jan Brown, Trails Committee Communications Leader
This year we celebrate the 5th anniversary of the annual Yachats New Years’ Day Peace Hike. Each year this event continues to grow, not only in the number of participants (close to 200 last year) but in the variety of cultures and geographies they represent. Some come for the exercise and a healthy start to the new year; some to find inner peace and inspiration from our magical environment; and others to experience the collective power of community to build peace and to acknowledge the need to treat people of all backgrounds and cultures throughout the world with honor, dignity and respect.
The Trails Committee hopes that this year, everyone in the community can be involved, whether it is joining the hike itself or helping support the event in other ways. We will need many volunteers – from setting up displays and sale items to kitchen help, bringing food, shuttling hikers to the Commons, monitoring traffic crossings and much much more. To get involved or find out more, please contact Lauralee Svendsgaard or any of the Trails Committee leaders listed at the end of this article.
Volunteers should plan to gather in the Commons kitchen at 9:00 a.m. on January 1 to review plans for the day. The hike itself will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. beginning with Doc Slyter, Elder, Tribal Flutist and Chair of the Cultural Committee for the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, telling the story of Amanda, for whom the Amanda Trail is named. Hikers will then wend their way from the Commons to the site of the Amanda statue three miles south of town. There we will gather to welcome the New Year and offer our individual and collective blessings for peace on earth. Everyone is then invited to return to the Commons for a community celebration with snacks (potluck contributions will be VERY welcome – there’s nothing like a hike to build up an appetite!) and beverages – plus the highly coveted, and now collectable, commemorative pin that all participants receive following the hike. This year’s pin design is by popular area artist Nancy Oltman.
The entire round trip is 6 miles so be prepared for a moderately strenuous walk. If, along the way, you experience difficulty, a few private vehicles will be stationed along the route (starting at the south end of the Yachats Bridge) to shuttle participants unable to negotiate the entire distance. Shuttles back to the Commons will also be available for those who prefer not to walk back. Also new this year, there will be bottles of water available as well as a portable toilet set up near the end of the Amanda Trail.
Dress in layers for changeable weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring your walking sticks. The hike will be on both paved and narrow dirt trail surfaces with some stairs, tree roots and moderate inclines. In the event of heavy rain or wind that would make the trail unsafe, we will cancel the hike and the peace ceremony will take place in the covered shelter behind the Yachats Commons instead.
We hope you will start your New Year on the right foot (so to speak) by joining this always inspiring community event.
YIPS! (Yachats Invasive Plants Subcommittee) News
Congratulations to all the YIPSters and other community members who turned out ahead of a looming storm for the 7th annual 804 Trail Ivy Pull. If you have any questions about weeds, contact our weed wizards Wally (541-547-5474) or Don (541-961-6695), who are always happy to answer any questions you have about invasive plants in the area.
Upcoming events to add to your calendar:
December 6th (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Trails Crew will work on the Amanda Grotto.
December 20th (Saturday) 10a.m.–1 p.m.: YIPS! work event. (Location will be announced via email to the Trails Committee’s contact list.)
December 31st (Wednesday) 10a.m.– 1 p.m. Trails crew work event – Final preparation of the Amanda Trail for the New Year’s Day Peace Hike
January 1, 2015 (Thursday) 10a.m.–1p.m. Yachts 5th annual New Year’s Day Peace Hike
For more information, and to sign up for the mail list, contact any one of us via phone or email:
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