Sunday, August 16, 2020

Walking in John Topits Park in Coos Bay Oregon

A short post

I wrote this on Saturday. We are taking a few days rest from hiking, in part because I started to develop a blister on one of my toes and want it to heal before hiking more. I have type 2 diabetes and have to be very careful about foot injuries. Even little ones.

On Friday we drove about 30 miles north to Coos Bay, where we took a very nice 3.3 mile hike along the meandering paths of John Topits park.


When Craig saw the park map he said we were about to "hike around an elephant".

It was his turn to be the photographer. Each of our cameras has unique characteristics, and each of us sees different things. He took about 100 pictures on our walk, and here are just a few of them:

The paths go along the edge of one small lake and around another.


There was a good mix of deciduous trees and evergreens. The ground cover was natural but not overgrown.


Some of the lake waters were quite open, but this section had a stand of old, dead trees and stumps.

I wondered what the story was about this bridge. Broken at both ends, it stands in a shallow part of the lake.

The bridge is visible on the right side of this picture. It must have been a way to get to this island. 

This picture was taken at the shore near the island above. The water was shallow and still. There were no trees above so it didn't seem like these could have fallen into the water from the land. There were water lilies across the lake, but there were none above water near this stuff. I can't find anything like it on the internet. 

Does anyone know what these are?



  1. Like Kathy most of her injuries are to her feet. It was a simple act of getting her feet wet in 09 that has caused her major issues.
    Have to agree with Craig about the Elephant.
    Beautiful scenery but I have no idea what that is in the water. You might have to ask someone that lives locally.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  2. So many wonderful things in all your posts. Oregon sure has lots of beautiful places to see and lots of fabulous trails. All you pictures are wonderful


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