For reasons beyond my control, I could not do a solo trip this year. In order to continue to put out a Hike with Me book this year, I’m going to use the coast hike. These entries will be shorter than normal, because the full story will be published this winter.

On the first day of our coast hike, Ambrose and I hiked from Rialto Beach to the Norwegian Memorial.

Along the way, we began to learn about the ocean, and how tides would affect our hiking lives on this trip.

We enjoyed delicious smoked salmon and a long period of contemplation when the tides bottled us up on the rocks for about five hours.

It was strange to come upon people towards the end of our hiking day, people who were clearly day hiking, wearing jeans and not carrying packs. Children flying kites along the beach.

The memorial was a nice place to camp, full of solitude and with an excellent view for my first sunset over the ocean.

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