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Trails Change: Ecola State Park

by | Dec 15, 2017 | Art + Nature, Hiking Stories | 0 comments

There are things that we take for granted in this life. (Everything?) Perhaps one of those things is that we think the trail we’ve been down a thousand times will be there again tomorrow. And another is the opposite. That the trail we’ve been putting off will wait for us. Yet, trails change.

I painted the Oregon Coast Trail series as a way to vicariously go on the hike. I still intend to go, just not all 382 miles at once. But, just like the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail – trails change. How many spots that I painted will I be able to see? And they will be a different experience either way – different lighting, and weather, and perhaps season.

At Ecola State Park there have been mudslides and trail changes. Will I ever see the view I painted? Treasure your moments.

Ecola State Park Painting by Kristen O'Neill
©Kristen O’Neill, Ecola State Park, Acrylic on Paper.