Shine On: Umpqua River Lighthouse

So think about it, if the intent of a lighthouse lens is to amplify the light going out, doesn’t it make sense that incoming sunlight will be amplified, too?

The answer if “yes” as you’ll see if you climb up into the lens of the Umpqua River Lighthouse. Your tour guide can point out an electrical component that got fried that way. Much the way kids with a magnifying glass can be an ant’s worst enemy.

English: Inside the top of the Umpqua River Li...

English: Inside the top of the Umpqua River Lighthouse. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oregon State Parks maintain the Umpqua Lighthouse State Park. It’s open year-round three miles south of Reedsport.

At the nearby Discovery Point Resort is an RV park, cabins, and condos.

If you like oysters, be sure to check Upqua Triangle Oysters. They farm ’em, shuck ’em, and can give you some great ideas on serving them if you’re not a fan of eating them raw.

The Coast Guard no longer maintains the lighthouse. Volunteers and Douglas County rely on you’re generosity when you visit so do. Visit. And be generous.

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.