A Few Lighthouses

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:

Yaquina Head Lighthouse. It’s so pretty, and in such a scenic location on a long, narrow peninsula jutting into the sea.

I also showed you a lighthouse in that post that you didn’t even see!! But how could you; it was completely hidden:

This is the image you saw, with the Heceta Head Lighthouse smack in the middle of the photo.
There it is through a gap in the trees! Would I lie to you?

I need to show you a few more that we came across in our journey. They are easier to see.

There, on Chief Island, sits the Cape Arago Lighthouse.
Much better.

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.

Goodbye North Bend, Oregon.

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.

We got out of the car in the cold of night and gaped in wonder. It was a spectacular sight to stand here as the light swept around us and over us. The red and yellow lights stretching from left to right are the beams hitting the trees around us and swirling in circles.
Orion danced in the beams of light and his sword sparkled.

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.

In the morning the Umpqua Lighthouse was merely pretty, but not magical anymore.

10 thoughts on “A Few Lighthouses

  1. I love your collection of lighthouses, Crystal. Looks like you and Pedro had a wonderful time. Always best to celebrate in a way that one can join in the fun and excitement. May there be many more birthday trips for the two of you.

    1. Thanks Jolandi! Our brief road trip to the coast was Pedro’s idea and it turned out to be a great idea. We saw and did so much. We had so much fun planning for his February birthday that we forgot all about Valentines Day and only exchanged cards. ha ha! Birthdays are apparently more of a priority for us.

  2. I’m so glad your birthday trip went so well. The magic of getting lost is infamous in our travels. When I traveled with my mother, we got lost at least once a day. Then you find the unexpected treasures. We would laugh about that. I’m with you, birthdays are top ranking in my book too. Valentine’s day is something someone else made up to sell more stuff. Birthdays should all be BIG! Great shots of the lighthouses and kudos on those night shots. Wow! I’m taking a few minutes here and there to catch up here…and there. 😉

    1. Thank you Marlene. Oh, yes, that’s a fun idea: to use the blog catch-up as an excuse to take breaks in between unpacking and organizing. It makes me so happy that you and your mother felt that getting lost was a fun part of the adventure. It must say something about a person’s character when getting lost makes them laugh instead of getting upset. When Pedro and I got lost in Venice a couple of times, it was hilarious because, of COURSE a person would get lost there, it’s a big island maze. But it’s different in most places, when getting lost is supposed to be a failure of some kind. So frequently, it’s when I am delighted. I see things I didn’t expect, which fires up the old neurons. I’ve like to celebrate big for my birthday, and I suspect it’s because I’m always looking for attention, and praise, ha ha. We should celebrate ourselves – after all, we got ourselves this far, didn’t we?! 🙂

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