We finally managed to leave the house (coats, and, water) and drove to Umpqua Lighthouse State Park. It is around thirty minutes from my place and a very pleasant drive.
It’s being a while since we experience some sun shine. It was very welcoming. We were not the only ones exploring. At first I heard some cows, but it was ATV’s (a little embarrassing) on the sand dunes right in front of the light house. The ocean looked serene.
The light house it self is a pretty humble structure until you go on a tour ($8/adults,$4/kids). The tour gives you options of visiting the museum first or lighthouse first. Big decisions!
We chose the light house. Our tour guide was a friendly fellow. He showed us the Humpback whale’s jawbone and shared history about the lighthouse. Nothing spooky but once there was no lighthouse on this part of the coast, as the “old” lighthouse was sand in. It took thirty years to get the Congress to make the new one. Within those thirty years of no lighthouse, seventeen shipwrecks were recorded. Now, it is maintained by the Douglas County. Umpqua lighthouse is made of out of bricks from California.
We climbed the fifty four set of stairs to the top of the lighthouse. The signal of this lighthouse lens is red, white, white, and, red with interval of four seconds between each color. A mini metal ladder led to the main lamp and boy sticking your head in there is quite a dizzy ride.
The gift shop had ample nautical items.
Museum had lots of information only if you are willing to absorb it.
It was a good Sunday trip.