The coast means lighthouses, so naturally while we were on Pedro’s birthday Oregon coast road trip, we saw several. I showed you a photo of one already, on our first day of the trip:
I also showed you a lighthouse in that post that you didn’t even see!! But how could you; it was completely hidden:
I need to show you a few more that we came across in our journey. They are easier to see.
Though the Cape Arago Lighthouse appears in good repair, it is currently not in use. The light was turned off January 1, 2006. It occupies Chief Island, land that belongs to the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. It is inaccessible by the public, with no bridge and treacherous waters filled with rocks between the island and the shore. The tribes hope to eventually establish an interpretive center for the public on the mainland, and there are mariners and others who hold out hope that the lighthouse can one day become active again.
We were done with the southernmost part of our trip, and would be heading north from then on, so after eating at a marvelous restaurant in North Bend, Oregon called Cafe Mediterranean (highly recommended and unexpected Greek food restaurant) we liked this friendly goodbye on the way out of town.
The absolute BEST lighthouse of the week was when we were driving in the dark, through a winding road in the trees, and lost, looking for the Umpqua Lighthouse State Park, where our yurt for the night would be if we could find it. We came around a corner and were astonished at finding ourselves directly at the base of the Umpqua Lighthouse. It was flashing steadily, with giant sweeps of red and white light spraying a signal across the night sky and glittering in the tall trees. My mouth popped open and I stopped the car immediately. The yurt could wait.
The next morning on our way out of camp, we found it again, just to see what it looked like in the daylight. I was almost reluctant to look, because I wanted to hold the nighttime images in my mind. I realized how lucky we were that I took a wrong turn and got us lost, or we never would have seen the nighttime display.