Heceta Head from Washburne Park

January 20, 2007

We really lucked out on the weather: sunny, windless, with temps in the high 40s — such a relief after recent weeks of snow, ice, and severe wind storms. As planned, we walked south along the beach from the Washburne State Park day use area as the tide came in. We noted the need for a beach clean-up and remembered how several of us on this hike had participated last year. Then we hiked east up the Hobbit Trail and south up and down to Heceta Head Lighthouse where we ate lunch in the sun. Some of us wanted to spend the rest of the afternoon basking in its rays. But after an hour or so, we made the trek back up and down Heceta Head to the Hobbit Trail junction where we crossed over Highway 101. We returned to Washburne State Park on the Valley Trail, stopping for a few minutes to stand in the sun and gaze at the shrunken beaver-dammed lake that looked rather like a bombing target in the midst of the lush spruce forest. Arriving at our parked cars, all nine of us agreed that we'd shared a glorious day at the coast in good company.

Members: Ann-Marie Askew (leader), Sharon Duncan, Yuan Hopkins, Sachiko Iwasaki, Norma Lockyear, Margaret Prentice and Glen Svendsen. Nonmembers: Dixie Lee and Karen Lee.

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