It was the perfect trifecta of perfectness -> the perfect day, the perfect hike and the perfect lighthouse. Yes, despite my wanton repetition and bad use of language there was really no other way to describe it. A long, leisurely hike through brilliantly green coastal forest, teasing views of endless coastline and a unique (and quite visually dramatic) decent right on top of one of the cutest little lighthouses I have ever seen. End it off with a 2-mile return on gorgeous Washburne beach and you feel like you’ve completed a rich, full circle of life all in one day. And to top it all off we were the only folks there…
Heceta Head Lighthouse is one of the most photographed lighthouses on the Oregon Coast and it’s really easy to see why. Perched on dramatic cliffs 205-feet above the ocean floor with a beam so strong it can be seen 21-miles from land it manages to seem both imposing and cute at the same time. White-washed walls, pink roof and even a bed-and-breakfast (nearby) for the refined traveller. Originally lighted in 1857, the keepers house is apparently also haunted by the Grey Lady “Rue“, giving it an added allure and romantic quality. It remains an enduring icon of early life on the Oregon Coast.
Most people simply stop and take a shot of the lighthouse from Heceta Head Lighthouse Scenic Point, but we wanted a much more intimate experience. We planned our visit around the 6-mile roundtrip hike from nearby (and fabulous!) G.Washburne State Park. It’s a beautiful walk with both great views and easy trails, and you can back-track along the beach to complete the circle. The whole area has a very relaxed and remote feel which is mirrored in G.Washburne State Park, no doubt the nicest park we’ve been to on the coast so far. I really can’t recommend both things enough, especially if you get lucky enough to get weather such as we did.
But there’s also other things to keep you busy out here. You’re only ~12 miles from Florence and the big dunes that surround it. The cute Historic Downtown is right on the river and, although it’s definitely a tourist-spot, it has a very laid-back and inviting feel. There’s even paw-friendly dining for those out with pooch. The surrounding dunes are iconic in their own right. There are over 40 miles of them almost 2 miles wide and up to 200-feet tall, accessible at multiple points from Hwy 101 and a haven for OHV enthusiasts.
But we were happy to be out in the boonies at G.Washburne where we could relax in peace and walk the beach in romantic isolation of all the things of man. We finished off our perfect day with champagne because…well…because we could…and it just made so much sense to do so.
After all, that’s what the joy of RVing is all about. The find of a perfect day and the enjoyment of a perfect night in just the most perfect spot. A trifecta of perfectness indeed!
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