Step Inside the Battery Point Lighthouse in Crescent City

A great short hike and a prime spot to do some whale watching.  Even if you’re not completely enchanted by lighthouses, a trip to this one in Crescent City, California, is really worth it.

It’s a good idea to check the tide charts as it’s not accessible at high tide. You can tour the lighthouse April through September from 10 am to 4 pm, Wednesdays through Sundays. Dogs aren’t allowed on the island. There’s a gift shop inside the lighthouse but no public rest rooms.

Taken May 12, 2013. Ask about being a lighthouse keeper; reservations are booked about three years ahead of time. There are two surprisingly spacious bedrooms, a kitchen and bath.

The lighthouse has survived the worst the western Pacific can throw at it including waves so high they’ve knocked out windows in the lantern room. The 1964 tsunami created by the Alaska earthquake devastated much of Crescent City but the Battery Point Lighthouse made it through.

What to bring: a camera, binoculars for whale watching, sturdy shoes, cash for admission to the lighthouse.

Tall Ships on the Columbia: Fire When Ready

Lady Washington StampUpdate to “The Passage” post
This is a brand new video from our blog friend, Portdaddia, who took the family on the Lady Washington “Battle Cruise” from Hood River, OR this weekend.

The Lady Washington was rigged according to custom of the 1780s with 168 different lines, crewed by 14. The Hawaiian Chieftain was circa 1850, a bit smaller, and needed only 10 crew with fewer sails and lines.

The captain was a professional and the remaining crew were volunteers, the newest having to pay to sail on the ship for two weeks to gain basic skills. The crew were not characters in an historical re-creation, rather people trying to give tourists a taste of sailing from a few centuries ago, wearing traditional garments and sensible footwear.

Read the complete Portdaddia post from June 3, 2013 here.

The Passage

Original post from May 6, 2013

It’s been more than ten years since I’ve been aboard the tall ship, Lady Washington. My brief visit was during one of her stays at the Columbia River Maritime Museum.

I was working for KVAS Radio at 1490 Marine Drive and as part of the media stop got to stay onboard for one night as a crew member.

We all were responsible for a shift as a night watchman Staying awake wasn’t a problem as the below-deck hammocks aren’t built for comfort.

If the same protocol was in place now as when the Lady Washington’s predecessor was at sea, punishment for falling asleep on watch could be severe:

It is not the easiest matter in the world to get these sleeping hundreds out of their hammocks and at their posts on deck, in a reasonable time, and without noise or disorder. There are always skulkers, who, secure from passing observation, prefer the comforts of additional moments between their blankets, to a speedy exposure to the weather; To break up this practice, no means of punishment tried, has ever succeeded, but the application of the lash. -Naval handbook, 1885

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Squidknot’s Clamming 101

It was a great weekend for clam digging in Long Beach. Not sure where to start? Squidknot went to Cranberry Beach early on a Sunday morning.

If you go:

Avoid disturbing western snowy plovers, which nest on the state’s coastal beaches through August. The small white birds are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act as threatened and by the state as endangered.

Plovers – and their eggs – are extremely vulnerable at this time of year because the birds nest in the dry sand.

Diggers are to avoid signed upland beach areas which are closed to protect nesting western snowy plovers. At Long Beach, the closed areas are located north of the Oysterville Road from the state park boundary north to Leadbetter Point.