Let's travel out west again, this time to my favorite Lighthouse so far.
North Head Lighthouse, in Ilwaco, Washington was my 1st Lighthouse!
I fell in love with lighthouses on my first visit here, in 1999. The construction of this maritime marvel was built in 1896, and was lit for the first time in 1898.
There are only 69 steps to reach the top of the tower, but unfortunately, the tower was closed to tours earlier this year. It was only $1 per person! I had to go up every time we went! I have some incredible views from the top of this lighthouse, but also unfortunately, can't locate them at this time. I was so sad when I heard you couldn't go inside anymore.... but you can still rent the lightkeepers cottage for an overnight stay!
This is one of the windiest places in the United States, with winds clocked up to 150 mph! They say maybe it was the howling winds that drove one keepers wife "over the edge". She committed suicide in 1923...by jumping from the cliffs, to the rocky and cold Pacific below.
Since Cape Disappointment Lighthouse is only 2 miles away, North Head needed a distinctive light to tell the two apart. The North Head light is a steady white light, and Cape Disappointment is a red and white flashing light.
All along the Pacific you will find fishing ports.
We also passed by several packing houses, and I would have loved to have gotten into these oyster shell piles!
A trip to a lighthouse just wouldn't be the same without some good local seafood!
Have a Stupendous Seashore Sunday!
May your shores never be too distant...