Cloudy skies were with us all day, but no rain or wind to bother us as we walked along the beach, through the forest and lunched at the Heceta Head lighthouse grounds. Our first glimpse of the lighthouse from the trail was of the new, shiny red vent ball sitting atop the recently renovated facility which is due to reopen in August of this year. Our group of sixteen hikers was quite aged-diverse; from six to the seventies, with many ages in between also represented. Apart from a very muddy section on the northern slope, after leaving the Hobbit Trail, we encountered no problems during the trip. We met two state park volunteers as we approached Washburne campground and they gave us some interesting history about the area. Approximately 1,000 acres were donated to the state by Carl G. Washburne and his wife, Narcissa, who had a house just north of the campground. Prior to that, the area was initially homesteaded and then used for sheep rearing. Thanks to a great group of hikers that made a successful trip.Members: Pat Soussan, Brian Popowsky, Roberta Chord, Jane Allen, Chyanne Estes, Autumn Estes, Trenton Estes, Mary Livingston, Daniele Delaby, Susan Sanazaro, Howard Loewinger, Anne Bonine. Nonmembers: May Fogg, Cheryl Belleau, Claire Belleau, Lindsey Belleau.
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