Yaquina Love

It's1872 and ships approaching the Oregon Coast face high winds and relentless, pounding surf. Jagged rocks and a wild, scrubby forest line the shore. There are no roads. How exactly do you go about building a lighthouse?At Yaquina Head, after two years of repeated attempts and several shipwrecks, the Yaquina Head lighthouse was finally built. We climbed to the top this weekend at the coast. Graceful and patiently enduring, it's Oregon's tallest lighthouse. Newly restored in clean whitewash and black trim, the ornate sconces around the prism tower look extra fancy, and echo the scrolled iron stairway curling to the top inside the lighthouse. Marble floors and narrow fortress-like windows add further charm. It's impossible not to want to live in a lighthouse, they seem impossibly cozy and wild at the same time. Our guide was a nice young man dressed as a lightkeeper, very informed and I'm sure very proud of his lighthouse keeper facial hair. He told us the story of how the first prisms meant for the lighthouse were jettisoned off a vessel when rough seas blew up and there was a need to lighten the load. They're still down there, worth $10,000 each in today's currency.
As for dramatic lighthouses, Tillamook Bay light house has got to win, hands down. I've never been there, and I'm not sure it's open anymore. Who knows, maybe McMennamins will buy it and open a brew pub!

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