This is a continuation of the day trip we took to Long Beach Peninsula, Washington on July 22, 2015.
Cape Disappointment receives about 2552 hours of fog a year – the equivalent of 106 days – making it one of the foggiest places in the United States, says: Wikipedia. The Ranker List placed it as one of 11 Most Miserable Places in the U.S. to live. http://www.ranker.com/list/the-11-most-miserable-places-in-the-u-s-/ivana-wynn?utm_expid=16418821-126.cWI0lcMtQb6WqhWT5RNv0w.0&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F
I guess we were very lucky to see it on a sunny day.
There are two lighthouses on this point of land where the Pacific Ocean meets the Columbia River. The Cape Disappointment Lighthouse was completed first in 1856. The ship originally bringing the building supplies for this lighthouse crashed below the cape. The crew survived but the building supplies were lost. This delayed things for three more years. See http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=115
Later The North Coast Lighthouse was built on the northwestern side of the point because ships continued to be lost in this area. It was completed in 1898. http://www.parks.wa.gov/241/North-Head-Lighthouse
Both lighthouses are located in The Cape Disappointment State Park. I recently did a detailed journal page on The Gray’s Harbor Lighthouse, so this post is mainly photographs.
The North Point Lighthouse
We arrived first at The North Point Lighthouse at about 5:00. The lighthouse is open to the public but we were too late.
These are some pictures we took on the trail from the parking lot down to the lighthouse.
Afterwards we walked up to the Lighthouse Keepers Homes. A little rabbit was enjoying the grass.
This tree look like it has a hand holding a ball of light.
An old water tower and a giant bee hive.
The Cape Disappointment Lighthouse
Trying to beat the light, we drove to the parking lot for The Cape Disappointment Lighthouse. The US Coast Guard has a busy station here. If you want to see the lighthouse you must take a trail to it. This lighthouse is more neglected than The North Point Lighthouse, no tours, no renovations. However the lens is given a beautiful place to reside in the Maritime Museum. See my post on Gray’s Harbor Lighthouse. http://sewingmywaythroughtheusa.com/2015/07/23/westport-washington/
We took Harley with us and it turned out to be a fairly long walk (maybe 3/4 mile). He moved right along.
Washington has the softest, most muted sunsets I’ve ever seen.
A peaceful evening for these two egrets. A nice ending for a long day for us.