Wednesday the morning of the fourth was our first day on the job at the Cape Blanco Lighthouse. It was a windy greeting for us with sustain winds of 33 mph. On the wind gauge provided to monitor the winds to decide when to shutdown the tours (which is 50mph) I captured one gust of 54.7 mph. But being the first day I decided not to shutdown the tours. Don’t tell anyone please!
Today we made a return trip to Blacklock Point (we hiked to the point in July of last year). The trail is well maintained and beautiful scenery through 2 miles of forest and what I would describe as a rainforest with so much vegetation it’s hard to see to your sides more than 20 feet. The trail is a nice easy hike to the ocean cliffs and an amazing view north and south to Cape Blanco Lighthouse. On the hike last year we walked into a fog that could have been used for a twilight zone episode, but today it was a clear sunny and very windy day. Michelle and I have become very use to the wind here and have pretty much decided we will deal with whatever Mother Nature throws at us! And it’s a bunch!
I really wanted to see the lighthouse from this southern vantage point, also wanted to pick up a geocache and look for tsunami artifacts – mission accomplished: found geocache and a couple of fishing boat floats from Japan on the beach walk to the Sixes River. Too bad the floats aren’t the wonderful old-fashioned glass kind!
This is what you get here
Walking down this beach is one option for hiking in the state park, though the most spectacular location lies further south, beyond the cliffs, reached by a 1.5 mile trail through thick coastal woodland. This is Blacklock Point, a grassy promontory between steep, rocky hillsides that drop down to a beautiful, unspoiled dark sand beach, dotted with many rocks, large and small. There are several tiny islands (large rocks more like it) a little way out to sea, sheer cliffs to the north – the end of the line extending from Floras Lake, and more sand to the south, stretching 2 miles to the Sixes River and Cape Blanco. The beauty is enhanced by the general remoteness and the contrast with the lush forest just inland, where the trees mingle with ferns, rhododendrons, mushrooms, strawberries, orchids and other varied plantlife. There is no charge for entry to the state park, and the point is a good location for free camping, either vehicle-based by the trailhead, or in a tent at the edge of the forest, close to the ocean.
This years trek was worth the hike in the wind; geocache, tsunami finds, and of course our picnic in a driftwood shack out of the wind. Also the fishing lures, can’t forget that.
That was the hike.
Michelle left her coat at the start of the beach hike along with our hiking shoes. When we started back to the cliffs from the sixes the winds in our face were cold and relentless. She was so cold she decided to run on the sandy beach in 33 mph winds for a mile and a half to get to her coat. I was impressed , the winds just walking were flat ass kicking my butt!!!!!