Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Battery Point Lighthouse

Battery Point Lighthouse
Crescent City, CA

We almost missed stopping at this treasure.  It was raining, cold, and we didn't even know it was a place you could tour!  We saw it off in the distance when driving through the Crescent City, CA harbor.  We decided to take a closer look and discovered that it was open for tours.  Jon said, "Let's go, it'll be an experience!"


So, off we went...on an adventure!
This section they are on is probably the coolest part of this lighthouse.  You can only get to it by land at Low Tide!  At high tide, water covers where they are standing.  See where the road ends?
High tide didn't stop the family that lived there for 39 years though...the dad built a boat so that even if it was high tide the kids could make it to school and they could attend church on Sunday!



It was a blustery day!  Perfect for touring a lighthouse :)
We felt like true mariners...
Landscaping at the lighthouse :)
Even the trees groan in the wind.  The tree on the other side of the utility pole is suppose to stand
straight up!



Unfortunately, they don't allow photography through the house part of the lighthouse.  So, I only have pictures from the top.
The house itself was amazing...you can't even hear the ocean inside even though the house sits out in it!  The walls are 2 FEET thick concrete!
It was built in 1856 and houses the only working Banjo Clock in the USA.


The stairwell is just like you'd picture it to be :)

View out of the window in the stairwell.
Southern view from the top!
The heart of the lighthouse:  the light flashes every 26.5 seconds and can be seen for 14 miles out at sea.

Northern view from the top.
The only way in and out of the Lamp Room.
The weather got worse while we were inside...it'll was a long, cold, windy, wet walk back to the truck!
But...it was so worth it!
The lighthouse tour was one of the highlights of the trip!  If you are in the area, don't miss it!  Faith wants to be a lighthouse keeper now :)
We picked up a book in the gift shop that is a historical fiction book about the daughter of the lighthouse keeper in this lighthouse:  
Walk Across the Sea

We really enjoyed our very first lighthouse excursion!

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