Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Heceta Head Lighthouse

Our third lighthouse, Heceta Head, is probably our favorite - probably because we finally got to go inside one and probably because Ginny led our tour.

We parked below the bridge at Heceta Head and walked the 1/2 mile up to the lighthouse.  It was a comfortably steep walk, but the views compensated for any difficulty one might have going up.

Many seabirds nest on the rocks off the point
Once up at the lighthouse, we saw a small museum, a kerosene building, and the lighthouse.  Ginny is an excellent tour guide.  She gave us just enough information to keep us intrigued without bogging us down with minutiae.  The Fresnel prisms in the lighthouse were built in Britain and their effect made the Heceta Head Lighthouse one of the brightest along the coast.

In the 1960's, the lighthouse became totally automated, which caused the lighthouse keepers not to be needed.  In 2011, a restoration of the lighthouse turned it into a beautiful tour spot to be enjoyed by people like us.  Thanks, Ginny, for the tour!

(Further pictures await once we arrive home!)

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