|Jolly host shares BBQ with out of state guests.|
Here you can see Lyle and Linda visiting the Cape Meares light. It was named after Capt. John Meares who was the first European to sail into Tillamook Bay, probably looking for cheese. This is the shortest lighthouse in Oregon, standing only 39 feet tall. Of course, it is built 217 feet up a cliff, so the building itself didn't need to be that tall. What, you can't see them? Look a little closer.
There they are standing in front of the lighthouse's gigantic Fresnel lens. The light had 4 red panels and 4 clear panels and a weighted mechanism just like a grandfather clock would rotate the whole thing producing 30 seconds of white light followed by 5 seconds of red. Each light on the coast had its own combination of timing and color which allowed navigators to tell which one they were looking at in the dark. A 200 lb. weight would rotate the light for 2.5 hours, then the lighthouse keeper had to go and wind it back up again. Every 2.5 hours. All day and all night, 365 days a year. What a fun job. The light originally ran on a big five wick oil lamp that was visible for 21 miles out to sea on a clear night.
Here's the Yaquina Head Light that made the Yaquina Bay Light obsolete in 1873. It is the tallest light on the Oregon coast and is still in daily operation by the United States Coast Guard. During WWII, 17 Navy personel were stationed here using the tower as a lookout for Japanese warships. They never saw any.
We repeated our trips to Bandon and Tillamook with Lyle and Linda, then they got bored and went home to Whidbey. We expect to see them again when we go to the Olympic Peninsula later this month. In the meantime we will continue to explore the Oregon coast.
|Cape Meares Light from ground level|
|Looking back at the beach from Yaquina Head|