July 26-We are in Westport, WA. We are about as far West as you can get in mainland continental America before you fall into the Pacific.
This is a good week for us--nothing really scheduled until next Friday. We are just going along, doing what we feel like. We took a bike ride this morning to the Maritime Museum in Westport where life in the Coast Guard station helping fisherman and mariners was depicted. They also had a Fesnel first order lens from the Destruction Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse itself was de-commissioned, but the historical society was successful in convincing the Coast Guard to give them the Fresnel lens. The First Order lens is the largest and most complicated of the Fresnel lighthouse lens. Fresnel invented the lens in the late 1700s, and more recent analysis indicates that his design using prisms and lens could not have been any better today if designed using modern computer techniques.
We then rode about a mile out to the Gray's Harbor Lighthouse. We had to get directions to the lighthouse, but when we rode our bikes there it was pretty obvious.
The lighthouse was impressive.
It is one of the tallest on the coast. When the Coast Guard de-commissioned it, they agreed to give it to the local historical society. They maintain the lighthouse and run tours up into it.Here are some photos from that tour.
We rode our bikes to a local cafe. We had such a huge lunch, we thought we were going to need a nap.
We didn't end up taking a nap, but we went to the seafood market and picked up some salmon to barbeque. Then we stopped off at the kite store to pick up some more kites and windsocks. We got out the Cobb barbeque pit and read all of the instructions. We set it out, fired it up, and successfully grilled our salmon. While the salmon was cooking, I put out the flamingo lights, put up one of the new windsocks, and we were eating in a festive atmosphere. Later we drove out to the beach to watch the sunset. It is one of these days that makes me think I am never going back to what I did before.