July 12, 2010
Nineteen early hikers left the Road End State Park at 6:15 a.m., Monday morning to hike the 1½ mile beach to the rocky point of the Cascade Head area for the lowest tide of the year, 2.6 ft.
The morning was overcast, a little windy with a calm ocean that made for excellent weather conditions for hiking. After a few rocks and soft sand entering the beach area, we were all off heading north on the very good hard, moist sand to examine the uncovered sea life and rocky points of the area. The starfish, sea anemone, sea slugs, and piles of fresh seaweed were a beautiful splendor of color. Many cameras got a very good work out.
Some areas of the rocky point were a little difficult to maneuver since the winter and the late spring storms had a great amount of sand removal, leaving tide pools still full of water about a foot deep. Some folks decided to wade and have wet shoes than to climb a few feet using hands and knees to stay dry. All in all, we made it around the point for some spectacular views of caves, tunnels, high rocky points and beautiful natural area.
We returned to the State Park approximately three miles round trip to enjoy a brunch at the picnic tables along beachside, prepared by the Beard family and served by the Inn at Spanish Head wait staff. A great walk meeting new friends, some as far away as Auburn CA. Member hikers were Barbara and Dennis Flanders along with nonmembers, Lynne Herndon, Mark Irving, Leslie Oaks, Parker Oakes, David Rose, Kathleen Rose, Sophia Johnson, Carlos, Alma & Tanya Lopez, Soledad and Kevin Cortes, Santos & Karla Nicdas, Pam Young. Leaders: Paul and Barbara Beard.