Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Point Sur Lighthouse

After driving by Point Sur Lighthouse for decades, I finally was in the area during one of the lighthouse's scheduled tours.  We arrived 30 minutes before the tour was set to begin to make sure we wouldn't be left off as space is limited and advance reservations are not available.

Point Sur Lighthouse from CA Route 1
Shortly before the appointed hour, we were met at the entry gate by our friendly docent, James, who told us to drive about one mile to the parking lot where we met his wife, Linda, another docent.  We then slowly climbed 300 feet to the top of the rock to the lightstation.  Along the way, we stopped to catch our breaths and for James and Linda to tell us about the history of the lighthouse.

When we arrived at the summit, we were rewarded with fantastic views of the Pacific coast and Santa Lucia Mountains.


James and Linda then led us through the lighthouse and support buildings, telling us about the continuing restoration efforts at the lighthouse.  We learned about the crash of an airship during WWII and the discovery of its remains in the ocean.  The tour concluded at the visitor center, which had a variety of historic displays and a video of the lightstation's history.

The three hours seemed to fly by.  If you like history, lighthouses, and/or great views, I recommend a visit to the Point Sur Lighthouse.  You may not get weather as perfect as we experienced, but you'll still enjoy the tour.  Hours are limited, so check out the lighthouse's website for the latest information. 

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