Heceta House

June 19-21, 1981

Twelve Obsidians and five nonmembers gathered on Friday evening at Heceta House north of Florence for an educational and social weekend. After Saturday breakfast, wildflower expert Charlene Simpson, who spent the previous weekend in the area identifying and photographing wildflowers, narrated a slide show of wildflowers of the area. After the presentation the group caravanned to Cape Perpetua Visitors Center for a coast film and nature walk on the Capt. Cook Trail, including some time to explore tidepools at low tide. We enjoyed lunch at Strawberry Hill observing and photographing the large colony of harbor seals who occupy the rocks just off shore. After lunch we took nature walks at Darlingtonia and Sutton Creek Parks then walked over the dunes to complete the day sunning and walking in the gentle surf. Most of the group, since joined by three other weekenders, had dinner at the Windward Inn, then returned to Heceta House for a very interesting presentation and slide show about Jupiter and Saturn by University of Oregon Professor Emeritus E. G. Ebbighausen. After the evening program several people enjoyed the special effects created by the eight beams of Heceta Lighthouse. Following sunday’s breakfast, participants prepared sack lunches to enjoy wherever they might be on as beautiful a summer’s day as you’ll ever have on the Oregon Coast. Participants were Mary Christofferson, Bill and Donna Eimstad, Joella Ewing, Marv and Sue Girardeau, Gladys Grancorvitz, Jane Hackett, Bobbie Kalbfleisch, Diane Lowry, Helen Lynch, Mavis Prescott, Mark Rubert, Charlene Simpson, Dorothy Turner, Paula Vehrs, Margaret Walchli, Carolyn Waters, Mike Wright and leader Joe Lowry.

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