Washburn-Heceta Loop

May 14, 2004

Max Brown, Joella Ewing, Kathy Hoeg, Stewart Hoeg (leader), Barbara Morgan and Sheila Ward (five members and one non-member) met at 8:30 a.m. at the Shopko parking lot On West 11th. The hikers split up into two cars and headed for Washburn State Park. The drive was delayed on 101 just north of Florence while a large crane cleared the fallen load of an eighteen-wheeler that failed to make the curve near Sutton Lake. When everyone arrived at the Park at around 10 a.m., the skies were overcast and the temperature was in the low 50s. We crossed the highway and began hiking through a lush landscape that was highlighted by gorgeous wild, pink, blooming rhododendrons. As the hike continued and we began our ascent up the back of the hill to Heceta lighthouse, the clouds began to burn off. We arrived at the lighthouse a little after twelve to beautiful blue skies. The six hikers shared a picnic table next to the lighthouse and enjoyed a leisurely lunch. Lighthouse tours were being given, and two hikers, Barbara Morgan and Joella Ewing took advantage of this. Eventually, the group headed back up the trail and headed back over the hill and down to the beach via the Hobbit Trail. We arrived at the beach at low tide and enjoyed the sunshine and waves as we made our way over the final mile back to the cars.

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