Hobbit Trail/Heceta Head

May 14, 2006

The annual Mother’s Day Hike had a small population, but big rewards: Two hikers set out on a sunny Sunday, arriving at the trailhead at Washburne Day Park for a beautiful walk down the beach to the Hobbit Trail, and from there on up to Heceta Head, where one of us toured the lighthouse while the other watched for whales. The watch was rewarded! A small pod of grey whales (probably three) approached, and two of them came closer and closer as an excited crowd gathered to view them. They came just below the lighthouse cliff, for a marvelous view as they cavorted, with their spotted backs often in view. They entertained us for about ten minutes and then went on their way down the coast. We finished lunch, still feeling awed, and then went down the trail and across the road to finish the loop through Washburne camping area and back to the car. The two happy hikers were Anne Dhu McLucas (leader) and Julie Dorland.

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