The Light at Point Pinos

posted by Sharon October 19, 2015 17 Comments
Monterey Point Pinos Lighthouse

‘Cause in a sky, ’cause in a sky full of stars
I think I saw you;
‘Cause you light up the path . . .
— Coldplay

We ventured on a short walk from our inn in Monterey and made a delightful discovery. The point of land lay less than a mile away, and on the edge of the rocky coastline sits a lighthouse. The Point Pinos Lighthouse is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the entire West Coast.

Like most lighthouses, this one features steep, winding, worn stairs up to the light.

The lighthouse was an observation point during WWII. Some of it is fixed up to show what it looked like during those years when someone would sit and scan the sea for signs of enemy attack.

Built in 1855, the lighthouse has been home to many keepers and their families. Guests came, including Robert Louis Stevenson.

Our docent, Ruth, told us so much about this lighthouse. She is one enthusiastic guide. She insisted we descend to the basement to see the foghorn and a retired light.

The light no longer requires someone to climb the steps and light the lantern with oil or kerosene. All is automated now. The light is on all the time at 3 seconds on, one second off as its identifying signal.

The lighthouse keeper in The Light Between Oceans writes this to his girl back home about the light he tends:

“The stars had been around since before there were people. They just kept shining, no matter what was going on. I think of the light here like that, like a splinter of a star that’s fallen to earth: it just shines, no matter what is happening. Summer, winter, storm, fine weather. People can rely on it.”

And so the light at Point Pinos shines day in, day out, along this rocky coast — lighting a path to safety for all those at sea.

How about you? Have you happened onto a fascinating discovery lately?

 Linking up with Image-in-ing, Little Things Thursday, Wednesday Around the World, and Sweet Shot Tuesdays.  Also linking up with the song-inspired party, Song-ography, where
my song choice is “Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay.

 

 

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17 Comments

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Ida P. Krause October 19, 2015 at 10:00 pm

What a charming lighthouse. – The views are so pretty and it’s great you had a good guide who enjoyed showing you the lighthouse.

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image-in-ing October 20, 2015 at 1:25 am

Very nice photos – thanks for allowing us to travel there through your lens.
Thanks for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/10/beach-walk-at-sunrise.html

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Abrianna October 20, 2015 at 4:38 am

How fascinating and how wonderful to discover that Robert Louis Stevenson stayed there.

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Rhonda Albom October 20, 2015 at 6:28 am

Talk about odd coincidences, I was reading blogs and listening to my playlist of 115 songs, and what was playing when I got to your post – Sky full of stars (don’t even know if that’s the name) by Coldplay. Great shots.

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin October 20, 2015 at 9:07 am

These are gorgeous! Just love the red stair case – beautiful details.

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tom the backroads traveller October 20, 2015 at 10:14 am

I love the light house,,.such a connection to the past.

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FlowerLady Lorraine October 20, 2015 at 12:23 pm

What a delightful old lighthouse. Thank you for sharing.

Happy Fall ~ FlowerLady

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Kathy October 20, 2015 at 1:28 pm

Well, how very short sighted from my coast of the country. I just never THINK of light houses on the West Coast! Color me embarrassed! How beautiful these photos are!!! Thanks for sharing at Song-ography.

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Kate October 21, 2015 at 1:34 am

Wow, beautiful shots. I love light houses.

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Barbara October 21, 2015 at 10:45 am

so beautiful! I’ve never been inside a lighthouse, but i always wanted to… so thank you for taking me virtually in such a charming place!

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Pieni Lintu October 21, 2015 at 11:34 am

Old lighthouses are so beautiful!!

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Molly October 21, 2015 at 9:57 pm

What a wonderful piece of history, I love the shot down the stair case and that beautiful old bed is just lovely

Mollyxxx

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bettyl-NZ October 21, 2015 at 11:11 pm

This is such an awesome find! How wonderful that there are original things still there to see. Thanks for a great post that made me smile.

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Jesh StG October 22, 2015 at 6:20 pm

Beautiful from the outside as well as the inside! And I like the quote! A fog horn – wow that’s a long time ago that I heard one!

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Nancy October 22, 2015 at 10:40 pm

It sounds and looks like you had a great adventure. I love lighthouses but have not seen this one….

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a spirit of simplicity October 24, 2015 at 10:50 am

What a wonderful place to be able to see. I love old lighthouses.

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kim October 28, 2015 at 2:38 pm

This is so fun! I love the winding staircases!

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