While we waited for the bus, I stumbled across a reminder of our Central American Questival adventure last year — https://instagram.com/p/BVNZcMZBs5C
Gleneden Beach to Fishing Rock
The walk down to the Gleneden Beach provided a nice postcard-quality photo that looked like we’d emerge from the forest onto a tropical island beach.
The weather was certainly nice that day but I didnt see any Mai Tais or sunbathing.
We did run into a series of tree stumps embedded in the sand. At some point, there must have been trees growing here, or so it seemed.
Before reaching Fishing Rock, the beach effectively ended, forcing us to climb up and over a long rockfield. We decided earlier that the OCT involves traveling by Beach, Boat, Rail, Road, Trail, and Vehicle. Jill suggested we add “Adventure” to account for all river and rock crossings.
Traversing the rocks was trickier than it probably looks in the picture. We found a welcome surprise at the end in the form of an official OCT badge.
Behind the sign, we scrambled up towards the highway.
Working our way east, the trail meandered through a great section of trees that had grown so tightly together that it created a series of “caves” that we could crawl in.
Fogarty Creek to Boiler Bay
Crossing the highway, we ate lunch in Fogarty Creek State Park, then back to the highway to head down to Boiler Bay.
We found a new section of the OCT that was supposedly completed only in 2013. The trail largely followed the highway but provided a much safer path.
Occasionally, the trail would wander into the woods where the picture taking improved.
Eventually, we made it to the Boiler Bay viewpoint.
And more OCT badges.
We picked up the OCT south of town, lost it, then found it again (several times) as we worked our way south.
Along the way, we found a spot down on the water where seals / sea lions would sun themselves on a large flat section of rock. Apologies for the image quality but I was at maximum zoom.
Here’s the full view.
As we passed the Rocky Creek Scenic Viewpoint, we left the highway at the Otter Crest Loop.
Otter Crest Loop
Around one corner, we could look through the trees and up to our destination. Note the little white house at the very top.
Fast forward through a pretty good climb, here’s the view from the top.
As we started back down the hill, we could see for miles down to Otter Rock and beyond.
Leaving the highway at 1st Street, we walked east to the end of road at Otter Rock. Here, we came to see Devil’s Punchbowl.
The view down into the punchbowl was definitely worth the walk.
Especially as the sunset approached.
From Otter Rock, we descended the stairs and back out to the beach.
Eventually, we saw the bridge that provided an entrance to the state park.
Once we were under the bridge, it was back to forest.
And finally, we could see our yurt in the distance.
Day 8 mileage was 14.1 for me (22.5 for Jill) with 646 feet of elevation. Total distance to this point — 147.1 miles.