Big negative tides, such as the -2.6 foot tide that occurred last Sunday morning don’t happen very frequently, so we decided we’d take advantage of it and hike around the shoreline below the lighthouse at Cape Blanco. We’ve never done that hike before, but have heard it’s an interesting one. Now if we were good scouts, we would have been better prepared, with proper footwear (flip-flops are perfect for regular beach walking, BUT hiking around the cape is another story!) There are many big, slippery rocks covered with seaweed and kelp that make the hike rather dangerous in spots; water-type sports shoes, with a good non-slip sole would be a great choice for this one. The weather was perfect, the negative tide was 8:30 am, giving us plenty of time for our hiking challenge. We really weren’t sure what we would find around the cape, so we set off to find out. We climbed up and over big slippery rocks and through a couple of cave-like crevices to reach other small beaches on the journey. It was a great hike that slowed us to a 70 minute mile at one point but was well worth the effort to reach small secluded beaches that are only attainable at low tides. I’m very glad that Michelle and I, and Calle have been walking an average of five miles per day on the beaches since we’ve been here at Cape Blanco – that gave us the stamina to make this rather crazy hike! The map shows the route we took around the cape; my pictures don’t capture the sheer grandness of this place, with all the interesting things you see in the rocks and on the beaches. On the map you will see the route we took, everything on the left side or west of the cape should be through blue not green. It is usually under water.
At the top middle you can see a small flat surface sticking out from the sandstone edge. That is a slab used during WWII as a lookout for enemy ships. There was a structure on that slab. It is to the southwest of the lighthouse when you have a vantage point out of the top windows of the lighthouse.