Spanish Flats Campsite to Buck Creek – 12.8 miles
Total Trip thus far – 21.8 miles
Wow. Falling asleep on the beach is just like you imagined it would be like. Or just like you have done before. Just like that time you spent in Mexico with your windows wide open, listening to the waves crash, softer and softer until…
6:30 am, and here I am! It wasn’t a dream! I am hiking the lost coast trail with some of my best friends from the Appalachian Trail northbound group from 2014. I woke up early from habit, or the fact that I am doing something awesome and don’t want to sleep through it. We lounged for about 3 hours, breaking down camp, having breakfast, just being on the beach. It wasn’t windy today, the sun rose, the air had a slight breeze, it was beautiful. We hiked for about 3 hours on the beach, real easy hiking, until we hit Millers Flat. We decided that since the next mile was impassible at high tide, which was in a couple hours, that we would take a lunch nap.
From whence we came
As you notice, I am in the shade. There is really no escaping the sun on the first part of the Lost Coast Trail. While that’s not a bad thing, I was getting pretty red, and needed a nap in the shade. We hung out here for about 2-3 hours, swimming in the small pond, combing the beach. It was chill.
When we moved on, we came upon a bunch of hikers that were waiting for the high tide to roll out. The waves were just crushing the cliffs and we would not be able to walk for another hour. So we hung out some more on the beach…
Once the tide rolled out, we meandered on. We left a little too early, and had to run between wave sets, sometimes having to climb up the cliff to get out of the way. I could see how this could become hazardous (especially at night).
Pretty soon I stumbled upon this group of birds, and the smell was.. well, ominous. I feared something dead.
Yarrr, t’was a beached whale! We found out from talking to people later in shelter cove, that it had been a floater for a couple months and then had been beached on the Lost Coast.
We arrived at another one of the BEST CAMPSITES EVER, seriously. Camping on the beach is awesome. I set up my tent, took pictures of my tent set up to prove that I had indeed set up my tent, and then murdered my dinner. The whale far from my mind, my mind soaking in the view. We all hung out til around 9 (sun sets at 8:40pm up there) and it got a little chilly. Another perfect sunset. More beautiful stars to look up at. Who’s idea was this?! Mine.
I think I’ll pitch a tent
And then take a picture
I eventually fell asleep just staring out at that sky, feeling so blessed to be able to do something this amazing.