Welcome readers, Today is National Lighthouse day and to celebrate I thought I’d share a few of the lighthouses I have visited recently. While I was checking my twitter feed today I ran across someone post that today is National Lighthouse day. This inspired me to dig up some of my photos and stories to share with you.
Reflecting on this I know I’ve been to several lighthouses during my travels. I have always been intrigued with them and look forward to exploring them when ever I come across one. The most recent one that I’ve visited was from a recent trip to Isle Royale. So In honor of National Light here are a few I’d like to share.
The first one I’d like to share is from Isle Royale National Park. In May of this year my girlfriend and I headed up to the Island to do a little hiking. While stopping by the visitors center in Windigo I had the opportunity to visit the light that was once used in the Rock of Ages Lighhouse near the island. The Rock of Ages Lighthouse is one of those lighthouse you see if you are taking the Vouygur II ferry to the island. The waters around this bay are really rocking and the visitor center has several photographs of ships that have fallen victim to the rocky waters in the area.
Although not an US lighthouse the Pachena Point Lighthouse on Vancouver Island was another wonderful visit. In September of 2011 I hiked the West Coast Trail with my friend. The first lighthouse we visited along the way Pachena Point. It was a nice sunny day as we stopped for a break to enjoy the lighthouse and grounds. The views from Pachena point were really nice.
The weather was great when we visited Pachena Point Lighthouse. And we had a great day for hiking. However, as any Vancouver resident will tell you, it doesn’t last long. The following few days were really wet and it rained off and on for most of the day. I enjoyed looking at the painted signs indicating the distance to various cities and towns. My friend Joe turned around and headed back to Bamfield. I continued on and was really glad I did.
This is where I the beauty of pushing on is rewarded. As I was winding down for the day I met a man walking along the beach. When he approached me we talked for a while and I learned he was the caretaker for the Carmanah Lighthouse. I was alone and wondering is this was going to be my campsite for the night. Not too long after we talking he invited me to stay at the lighthouse. I immediately agreed and was so thankful.
I’m still in awe when ever I think back to this night. I was completely soaked and tired. Call it good luck, call it trail magic or call it an act of God looking out for you. All I know is that at the time this was the think I needed the most. A hot shower, a place to dry out my soaked gear and cloths. Not only that but my night was topped off by a wonderful home cooked meal and great conversation. So folks sit back and relax, here is the Carmanah Lighthouse. And thanks once again for the wonderful hospitality of the Lighthouse keeper and his wife. I still talk of this night and I’m grateful to have met you both. What was your visit like to the Carmanah Lighthouse?