Yachats to Hold Seventh 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 Seventh Annual Yachats New Year’s Day Peace
Hike. Participants should meet at the Yachats Commons (441 N. Hwy 101,
Yachats) at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 1, 2017.
Each year, the hike traditionally honors the memory of a blind Native
American woman known as Amanda, who was forced to leave her young daughter
and march barefoot through rocky terrain to the Alsea internment camp in Yachats in 1864. In preparation for the hike, Doc Slyter, Elder, Tribal Flutist and Tribal Council member for the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians will tell her story and introduce the
fire ceremony that follows.
Hikers will then set forth along the 804 Trail before connecting to the
Gerdemann Botanic Preserve public footpath and moving on to the Ya’Xaik
trail. From there they will again connect to the 804 and loop back to the
Commons, or can catch a shuttle back. The overall hike is 3.5 miles but the
various segments enable all participants to choose the terrains and duration
best suited to their abilities – from the flat surface of the 804 to the
moderately strenuous inclines and stairs on the Ya’Xaik. There are also
indoor activities planned for those who prefer to wait in the Commons for
hikers to return.
Upon returning to the Commons, participants will have the opportunity to
reflect on the essential need to treat people of all backgrounds and
cultures throughout the world with honor, dignity and respect.
Everyone is then invited to enjoy a finger food potluck and other
refreshments, while picking up their collectable Peace Hike pins. The image
for the 2017 pin was created by the Siuslaw National Forest 2015
Artist-in-Residence, Colleen Caubin. She and 2014 Artist-in-Residence Margie
Lopez Reid will both be on hand for a silent auction and to show their work.
Native American flute and other music will be provided by Doc Slyter and
Mary Beth Nickel.
In the event of dangerously 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 before moving indoors.
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 Joanne Kittel (firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-547-3144) or visit the
Yachats Trails Committee Web site: www.yachatstrails.org.