Point Sur State Historic Park

“When a traveler goes alone he gets acquainted with himself.”-Liberty Hyde Bailey

Along Big Sur Coast

Along Big Sur Coast

This tour is for any lighthouse lover or person who enjoys a great view.

First, understand that the tour is open only on weekends (Wednesdays, seasonally) and at two times during the day, once during the late morning and then in the early afternoon. My tour started around 2 p.m. Second, this is a guided, three-hour walking tour. A 360 foot rise in elevation that involves one to two flights of stairs. Third, arrive at least 30 minutes early outside the locked gate om Hwy 1 outside an old naval facility. Fourth, take money and/or a credit card with you as you are expected to pay once you reach the end of the tour.DSCN2026
I’ve never had an experience like this one and truly enjoyed it. You are greeted by a park ranger that directs you to travel an unpaved road that leads to the bottom of this large rock where another ranger will instruct you where to park.
The weather can change in this area so dress in layers and pack lightly; water and a few snacks. I used a walking stick. Also, wear a good pair shoes. If the group is large, the rangers will break you up into smaller groups which is helpful for the presentation.
The incline walk is manageable as the rangers lead you up and pause to tell you the history along the way while you gather your breath and shoot photos.
The scenery is breathtaking as you learn about the life of the light keepers, the lighthouse as well as the land around you. With clear skies, a warm sun and sea lions below barking away, I could not have asked for a better unplanned trip.
IMG_2656The lighthouse was under repair during my visit but we were still allowed to go up to the top and even walk outside against the strongest winds I’ve ever felt.
A set of stairs took us to buildings like the blacksmith shop, keepers home, water tower and several other buildings. There was even the jawbone of a young whale on display. Go inside the keepers house and look at the kitchen, sleeping area and other rooms that will bring back memories of appliances, or food packages that use to fill most American homes.
The staff was wonderful, knowledgeable and very kind. This tour was well worth the time and money. For those with disabilities and in need of help, call the park in advance for more information.

 


 


 


 


 


 

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Photo101-Graduation

“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its Completion.”-C Northcote Parkinson

It’s so sad to say goodbye but we must. This is the last day of Photography 101 from Blogging University. It has been a great experience and opened the door to some very talented people in my virtual classroom. To the staff, “Thank You.” To those who follow my work or took a peek at my blog, Best To You in your Endeavors. Here’s my last homework page, a wrap-up of my favorites and that of those who commented on my site.

 

 

Photo101-Triumph and Contrast

“The triumph can’t be had without the struggle.”- Wilma Rudolph

Oregon lighthouse lens

Oregon lighthouse lens

Well our Photo 101 class is almost over. Our instructor states, “Triumph denotes drama of some sort whether it’s big or small. Playing with Contrast is a great way to enhance your photos for a more dramatic effect.” So let’s see what happens. (All rights reserved. Photos are that of writer of this article.)

Photo101-Connect

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men”-Herman Melville

Although I enjoy meeting people as I travel across America, some of my best moments are those spent alone to connect with my spirit.

Alive and Well in the Pacific Northwest (3) Finding the Light

“A fallen lighthouse is more dangerous than a reef.”-Navjot Singh Sidhu

 

Cape Meares Lighthouse

Cape Meares Lighthouse

  There is something special about a lighthouse. It holds a sense of history within its brick walls that will never be truly understood. How sad that walls can’t talk. But oh if they could…

     Sometimes there comes a moment when I just have to break away from the norm, to jump in my truck and take to the road. I have this insatiable need to seek and find all that is beautiful, informative and interesting. On this particular day I headed north to Cape Meares.

     Cape Meares lighthouse built in 1889 was commissioned on January 1st, 1890. It stood thirty-eight feet high becoming one of the shortest lighthouses along the Oregon coast. The lens is a first order Fresnel (Fraynel) made in Paris, France and transported around the Cape Horn by ship until it reached the west coast to its new home.

     Over time the five wick oil lamp with a reflector would be replaced by an oil vapor light in 1910. Fast forward to 1934 and through the use of generators that produced an electric current system, the light continued to serve. The automated beacon with the candle power of 57,000, housed in a separate building next to the lighthouse, was decommissioned by USCG on June of this year. The lighthouse keeper home no longer stands.

     Unfortunately not everyone understands or appreciates the importance of the lighthouse seen by the bullet holes that have pierced portions of the Fresnel lens, a lens that is irreplaceable. According to Jane Weighall, shop manager at the lighthouse, in 2010, vandals attacked the lens but since then it has been stabilized for those visiting the tower. This had been the second such destruction.

    The beauty of the surrounding ocean, lush landscape and all its animal life, makes the visit to Cape Meares a wonderful stimulant for all the senses.