Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park
05.19.2013 - 05.21.2013 50 °F
The rain has been falling, sometimes gently, sometimes with force, since about 1 a.m. I can almost seeing the mosses, ferns, vines, rhodies, and trees growing and greening before my eyes. Great day for cups of hot chocolate and page-turning of novels. Even our puppy Sammie seems to settle in for added sleep, much of the day.
Somewhat incredible, that if I walk just 1/4 mile west from our campsite (#275H) in Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, I come to nothing but sand, sand dunes to be specific. We walked there yesterday, under bright blue skies and warm sunshine. After an arduous climb up, up, up in soft sand, aaahhh...the Pacific Ocean, two miles or so away. Amid the dunes are oasis, little island-like patches of pines, ferns, lush rain forests. What a contrasting landscape!
A bit about this state park: this is Oregon's second-largest state park, 522 acres big. The year-round campground, with more than 300 sites, is on the west side of Highway 101, 3 miles south of Florence, Oregon. On this side, Cleowox Lake offers picnic, swimming, boating and hiking. In exchange for the off-season uncrowdedness of the campsites, we were not able to rent a kayak or canoe for this lake since the concession is not yet open for the season. We did see hardy souls swimming yesterday. A nice mostly paved "connector" trail took us on our bikes across busy highway 101 on a pedestrian bridge to the east side, and larger Lake Woahink. Swimming, boating and hiking are offered at this lake as well.
And who, I wondered, was Jessie M. Honeyman? Here's what Wikipedia says about him: "Originally named Camp Woahink, the park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and was later renamed in honor Jessie M. Honeyman (1852–1948) of Portland. As president of the Oregon Roadside Council, Honeyman worked with Samuel Boardman, Oregon's first Superintendent of State Parks in the 1920s and 1930s, to preserve Oregon coastal lands." Thank you, Mr. Honeyman, for a lovely park!