Right. Some of you asked for lighthouses. You asked after Lockwood and I left the coast. There were lighthouses aplenty, but I’d basically blown them off in favor of the geology. Bugger.
Still. Got a couple for ye. Well, one of them’s a fragment of a lighthouse, but it’s veritably a lighthouse.
So that’s the light on the Umpqua River Lighthouse. See? A light! I stood there I don’t know how long trying to catch the little flashy light as it cycled past.
It turns out this lighthouse has an interesting history with geology, specifically the kind of geology that tells you that building your lighthouse on the sandy banks of a river might be a laughably bad idea, as there is an essential difference between sand and sandstone. Namely, rivers like to erode sand and deposit it elsewhere. Which the Umpqua River promptly did, dumping the original lighthouse into the water within four years of its inception. The current lighthouse was more reasonably situated, and Oregon lighthouse builders learned an important lesson about sinking your foundations in sand: don’t.
So that’s that bit. For your next lighthouse, I did manage to photograph the whole thing.
Cape Blanco Lighthouse is two mosts: the most westerly lighthouse in Oregon, and the most elderly lighthouse still standing.
We didn’t tour any of these buggers. We will do next time, just for you, my darlings. Why don’t you all have a look at the lighthouses on the Oregon coast and decide amongst yourselves which one we should visit?