California, Oregon, & Washington 2010 travel blog

Battery Point Lighthouse

A Close Up of the Lighthouse

Looking South from The Lighthouse

The Cypress Trees at Battery Point Lighthouse

St. George Reef Lighthouse from 8.5 Miles

California's Rare Covered Bridge

Tim Trying to Get a Giant Redwood in the Camera Range

Yes--IT Goes All The Way UP

The Redwoods Have Never Been Cut

Susan At the Base of a Redwood

These Fell Everywhere!

The Trail Thru the Trees

The Nearby Smith River

In the Stout Grove

Other Views in the Grove

Moss Everywhere

Along the Trail

Since we missed the last tour of the Battery Point Lighthouse, we returned today--a bit earlier because the tours stop a few hours before the high tide cuts off the lighthouse. We found out that the lighthouse keepers are a retired couple from Arizona who volunteered to stay a month. Next week the high tide will be at such a time that no tours are available during the day. There are a list of volunteers who stay in the old lighthouse and keep the light burning--even though it is electric! There is a 12-15 month waiting list to be a lighthouse keeper on this lighthouse. We had a great tour and climbed up into the lighthouse to see the Fresnel lens light with a great explanation of how it works. The weather was clearing as we could see the St. George Reef Lighthouse that is 8.5 miles away. We could not see it the previous day due to low clouds. It was a great time for Sunday morning--an interesting observation--the liquor stores were open but many other stores were closed! We returned to the RV park to have lunch and relax. Then we set out to find a rare California covered bridge--a geocache. We found the bridge and took some photos. Then we continued down a dirt road to the Stout Grove of ancient Redwoods. The ancient redwoods have never been cut and are only 4% of the original 2 million acres of redwoods. These trees were truly magnificent--we took many photos but you really have to be there to walk around these trees to appreciate them. These are the tallest living items on earth! The forest is floor is shaded and covered by moss, ferns and clover. It felt like you were in Jurassic Park and a T-Rex would come around the corner at any time! Great Day!

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