There was a tour lady dressed in period costume explaining the lighthouse keeper's duties and how hard they worked to keep the lighthouse beacon working. He lived there with his wife and SEVEN children. No electricity. Rainwater was collected in a cistern. They had to carry pig lard oil (and you thought it was whale oil probably, like me) up 114 stair steps. That bucket was HEAVY! I couldn't figure out why my legs were killing me the next day. I thought it was from swimming some laps ( I did finally make it into the pool) but nope! It was taking those 114 steps quickly going up and then coming back down that day. Pretty good workout. Nothing like climbing stairs to get the old heart a pumpin' and the leg muscles working! The tour lets you get really really close to the Fresnel lens and light (automated today) within just a few feet. Hard to believe that itty bitty light can be seen so far out to sea...
|lens and light|
|view from the lighthouse grounds|
We had a great conversation with a retiree there, who volunteers at the tide pools. We love meeting people, talking to them about their volunteer jobs, and learning lots more about our marvelous country than we ever learned in school when we were growing up. Some day we hope to be volunteers in a park somewhere, but we're not quite ready to stay in one spot long enough to do that yet! Eldo and Sparky are still on the move!
We really enjoyed the tidepools today....hope to see some more up the coast..I supposed if you've seen one, you've seen them all but different beaches offer different views around the pools and different proportions of sea creatures. It was a great day in the RV full timing lifestyle!