Friday, July 7, 2017

Big Sur Fun - Day 2

If you don't know me, you might not know that I have a huge obsession with lighthouses - specifically living in a lighthouse. Before, during and after I was born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, my dad was a lighthouse keeper and an ice breaker on Lake Superior with the U.S. Coast Guard. When we were planning a trip to Big Sur, the first to-do item on our itinerary was the 10am Wednesday tour of Point Sur Lighthouse. The lighthouse--built in 1889--former lighthouse keeper apartments and out buildings are maintained entirely by volunteers who have been restoring the properties.

The view on the way up the former volcano that was leveled to build the lighthouse. In the cove we spotted sea lions and sea otters playing in the kelp. They were too far away to capture but you could hear the barking from the sea lions the whole hike up.
We climbed to the top of the tower and braced ourselves against the wind for an amazing view of the pristine beaches below. (Also, Dad, if you're reading, I took a million photos of all the Coast Guard stuff for you!)
The lighthouse now houses several antique fresnel lenses (like this one) that were used over the years in this and other lighthouses. 
Inside the tower. All materials were brought up by a tiny train on a super steep track in the late 1800's to build the entire place. There was only one lighthouse manufacturer who made every single piece for the structure, including this spiral staircase that still bears the individual number on every item so the workers knew which one to install next.
The beach below.
The two residential buildings - housing a total of four apartments for keepers and their families.
The inside of the three-bedroom apartment, staged as it looked in the 1950's.
We stopped by Bixby Bridge on the way back to capture one of the most iconic structures in Big Sur. Afterwards, we took the rest of the day easy and lounged around our cabin and the river in front of it. Thanks for stopping by!

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