Start the New Year off on the right foot by joining the 9th Annual Yachats New Year’s Day Peace Hike on Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Participants will proceed from the Yachats Commons (441 N. Hwy 101), along the 804 and Amanda Trails to the Amanda Grotto south of town, where a Peace Ceremony will take place. The distance from the Commons to the grotto is approximately 3 miles.
Hikers will traverse both paved roads and narrow dirt trail surfaces with some steps and moderate inclines. Sturdy shoes, layered clothing and walking sticks are recommended.
In addition, for both hikers and non-hikers who would like to acknowledge and honor Amanda’s journey, there will be a candlelight vigil for peace at Yachats’ Little Log Church (328 W. 3rd St.).
Details for both events are below:
9:15–10:15 a.m. Check in will take place at the Yachats Commons where hikers will receive their route maps and commemorative buttons All hikers will also be required to sign a liability waiver at check-in.
Members of the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians (CTCLUSI) will tell the story of Amanda (for whom the Amanda Trail is named) at Yachats’ Little Log Church. Hikers are encouraged to check in at the Commons beforehand so that they may continue to the Amanda Grotto immediately following the story telling.
10:15 a.m. All hikers should be checked in by 10:15 and on their way to the Amanda Grotto to arrive in time for the Peace ceremony.
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Peace ceremony takes place at the Amanda Grotto.
Ceremony ends and hikers may depart. No additional post-hike activities are planned and no parking is allowed in the immediate area so hikers should plan to arrive and depart on foot.
Drop-in Candlelight Vigil (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For anyone – hiker or non-hiker – who would like to honor Amanda’s legacy, her people and their own hope for peace in the new year, Yachats’ Little Log Church will hold a drop-in candlelight vigil from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to stop by, light a candle and take time to focus on their intention for peace within themselves and throughout the world
It is through the Tribes and the community’s endeavors with the Amanda Trail that many have become more aware of the great need to acknowledge the wrongs of the past and to be more conscious of the need to treat people of all cultures throughout the world with honor, dignity and respect.
In the event of heavy rain and/or winds exceeding 25 mph, the hike will be cancelled. However, the Little Log Church’s candlelight vigil will take place no matter what the weather.
For Peace Hike inquiries call Lauralee at 541-272-1309 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Yachats Trails Committee visit www.yachatstrails.org.