Scenic Lighthouses Part Two

by Bob Hoelscher 19. September 2013 20:28

As promised last month, here is the second installment of particularly attractive lighthouses that I have encountered during the past few years.

Photos #1 and #2:  Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, MN – 1910 – 54 feet in height  

Cape Meares Light, Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint, OR – 1890 – 38 feet in height

South Manitou Island Lighthouse, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, MI – 1871-72 – 65 feet in height  

Nauset Light, Cape Cod National Seashore, Eastham, MA – 1877 – 48 feet in height

Raspberry Island Lighthouse, Apostle Islands National Seashore, WI – 1863 – 43 feet in height

Admiralty Head Lighthouse, Whidbey Island, WA – 1903 – 30 feet in height

Grand Island East Channel Light, Grand Island National Recreation Area, MI – 1868 - 45 feet in height


Grand Traverse Light, Leelanau State Park, MI – 1858 – 41 feet in height

Brant Point Light, Nantucket Harbor, MA – 1901 – 26 feet in height

 Rock of Ages Light, Isle Royale National Park, MI – 1908-10 – 117 feet in height

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Scenic Lighthouses

by Bob Hoelscher 13. August 2013 02:02

Yaquina Head Light

Visiting the nation’s many historic and picturesque lighthouses has become very popular among travelers these days, so I thought I might provide some photographic examples of a number of particularly attractive examples of such structures that I have encountered during the past few years.  Although a second installment will follow next month, by no means should my personal offerings be interpreted as anything approaching a “top 20” list of the finest lighthouses that the country has to offer.

Yaquina Head Light, Newport, OR – 1873 – 93 feet in height

Cape Lookout Light, Cape Lookout National Seashore, NC – 1859 – 163 feet in height

Whitefish Point Light, Whitefish Point (north of Paradise), MI – 1861 – 76 feet in height

Highland Lighthouse, Cape Cod National Seashore, MA – 1857 – 66 feet in height

Devils Island Lighthouse, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, WI – 1901 – 80 feet in height

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, Mendocino Coast, CA – 1909 – 47 feet in height

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, Mackinaw City, MI – 1892 - 50 feet in height

South Breakwater Outer Light, Duluth Harbor, MN – 1901 – 44 feet in height

Sandy Hook Light, Gateway National Recreation Area, NJ – 1764 – 103 feet in height

Pierhead Lighthouse, Petoskey, MI – 1924 – 44 feet in height

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From Morro Bay to Monterey on Big Sur

by Eliza Myers 31. May 2012 23:33

I looked and looked, but the view at McWay Cove in Julia Pfeiffer State Park did not feel real. The impossible beauty I beheld had to be part of some highly imaginative dream. Or I had been suddenly whisked up to heaven. Since neither of those seemed true, I had to accept the most likely scenario: I had fallen into a screen saver picture.

The little cove’s rocky cliffs, hills blanked with colorful flowers and 80-foot waterfall that flows into bright turquoise waters is unbelievably gorgeous. I knew I had found my new mental happy place. This breathtaking view stood out among numerous other immaculate vistas along the Big Sur route that goes up the coastal Highway One from Morro Bay to Monterey.

The elephant seals agree that this coast is pretty close to paradise. For April and May, the Piedras Blancas beach is covered with hundreds of female and juvenile elephant seals.

For a second, I entertained the horrifying idea that the elephant seals laying along the beach may all be dead from their absolute lack of movement. However, I soon learned that these seals were only very, very tired. Apparently months of hunting and giving birth in the ocean really tires you out. They hardly budged except to nestle further in the sand and the occasional sparring (play fighting). Some seals seeking an ocean swim would move a couple of feet toward the water before having to stop and take a short nap before moving again.

Along with elephant seals, I spotted harbor seals, sea lions, incredibly cute sea otters and two humpback whales on a whale watching trip in Monterey. The whales became an immediate trip highlight for me, since I had always wanted to see a whale in the wild after watching hours of National Geographic shows on these giant creatures. Watching them play next to the boat and occasionally look at us with curiosity was more than I ever hoped for.

Saying goodbye to the coast was difficult, but I took with me the ability to close my eyes and picture McWay Cove any time of day.

All photos by Jeremiah Myers

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