Yachats to Hold Sixth Annual New Year’s Day Peace Hike
Start the New Year off on the right foot! Join the Yachats Trails Committee and fellow trekkers for the Sixth Annual Yachats New Year’s Day Peace Hike to the Amanda statue south of town. Participants should meet at the Yachats Commons 441 N. Hwy 101 at 9:45 a.m. on Friday, January 1st.
In preparation for the hike, Yachats Mayor Ron Brean will introduce Doc Slyter, Elder, Tribal Flutist and Tribal Council member for the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians. Doc will tell the story of Amanda, a blind woman forced to leave her young daughter and march barefoot through rocky terrain to the Alsea Sub-agency internment camp in Yachats in 1864.
Participants will then depart on an invigorating 6-mile round trip hike that will take them along the south 804 Trail, across the Yachats River Bridge, along Yachats Ocean Road, to the Amanda Trail and the final destination — the Amanda Grotto and statue. At the grotto the group will have the opportunity to contemplate and offer blessings for peace in the New Year. Native American flute playing will be provided by Doc Slyter and Mary Beth Nickel. Hikers may then walk or shuttle back to the Commons for more camaraderie, refreshments and to collect their commemorative Peace Hike pin. The image for the 2016 pin was created by the Siuslaw National Forest 2014 Artist-in-Residence, Margie Lopez Reid.
Participants should dress for changeable weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring walking sticks if they have them. The walk from the Commons to the Amanda Statue is approximately. 6 miles round trip, and is on both paved road and narrow dirt trail surfaces with some stairs and moderate inclines.
In the event of heavy rain or wind the hiking portion of this event will be cancelled and the peace ceremony will take place in the covered shelter behind the Yachats Commons.
The Yachats New Year’s Day Peace Hike will be an inspiring way to start the New Year, enjoy a lively walk, share good company and experience how the power of community can help create peace on earth. For more information contact Lauralee Svendsgaard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-547-3640.