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North Head Lighthouse, Washington - 04/16/05 - LOTS O' SHOTS

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Postby Jen » Wed Apr 27, 2005 9:52 am


Here is the first of 19 lighthouses I hit on this 11 day journey of the Pacific Northwest. More information about this light can be read at Lighthouse Friends.

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A shot of the oil buildings.
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Wide-angle from the front.
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Coastline looking north.
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Close-up of the lantern room.
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Coastline looking south.
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On the walk back to the parking lot.
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Postby wheland » Wed Apr 27, 2005 10:26 am


Jen,

Great photos. I hope to get to this Lighthouse in June.

It reminds a bit of Cape Blanco, OR. I've been to that one but I'm planning on stopping there again on this trip to see the work they've done on it.

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Postby Jen » Wed Apr 27, 2005 1:50 pm


Hi Dennis! I ended up having to scratch Cape Blanco. They close the gates at 3:30pm and we didn't get an early enough start. Drove straight Interstate all the way and cut over on Highway 42 to Bandon and hit the coast right at 3:30. Left at 8am; should have left at 6am. Oh well. Cape Blanco and Cape Arago will have to be saved for another trip. I did get the remaining Oregon lights...and a sunset at Heceta Head to boot. I'll try and get some more up tonight.
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Postby Ross » Wed Apr 27, 2005 2:00 pm


Good stuff Jen! :)
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Postby wheland » Wed Apr 27, 2005 2:03 pm


Jen,

I'm planning on doing all of the Oregon Lighthouses with a few in WA on the way. I'm taking three days to drive from Seattle to Bandon and back.

I'll take two days to get to Bandon and one day to get back. Hopefully it will work out but we've been to both Coquille and Cape blanco so if we have to skip those it will be OK.

We'll be waiting patiently for the rest of those photos.

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Postby beachbum1616 » Wed Apr 27, 2005 3:47 pm


Jen,

As I scrolled looking through the photos, I kept thinking that I had found my favorite of the bunch but they kept getting better. Great job on those and I love the "view" shots as well!

:yay:
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Postby Jen » Wed Apr 27, 2005 6:10 pm


Dennis, what WA lights are you planning on hitting? Seattle to Bandon via Interstate 5 and gas stops only is about 8 hours - and that assumes no traffic tie ups through Portland or Seattle; depending on where you are leaving from and time of day. I drove from Ft. Lewis to Bandon in about 7.5 hours (had a winery stop in there!) and that was averaging 70-75mph. We managed to nail Coquille, Unpqua River, and Heceta Head for sunset in that same day. Overnighted in Yachats (HIGHLY recommend the Fireside Motel; reasonable rates and right on the water). The next day, we started about 9:30 after breakfast and then we spent a bit more time in Newport, since Yaquina Bay and Yaquina Head are in the same town, and they have a neat historic Bayfront with lots of cute little shops. We then went on to Cape Meares (DON'T miss this one!) and then cut back over to Portland, as it was about 5:30 by this time and my mom wanted to get back. US 101 is really SLOW in a few spots with lots of traffic. Cannon Beach is also a MUST and Ecola State Park for the Tillamook overlook and the coastal scenery. If you are planning on hitting the coastal WA lights (North Head and Cape Disappointment are in the same state park; Gray's Harbor is 2 hours north), I would recommend taking as much Interstate as you can before cutting over to the coast.
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Postby Grover1 » Wed Apr 27, 2005 8:12 pm


Jen ,

That's One! :wink:

Thanks ... Anxiously awaiting more.
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Postby wheland » Wed Apr 27, 2005 8:18 pm


Jen,

I plan on leaving from my hotel near the Sea-Tac airport and will go to Gray's Harbor, North Head and Cape Disapointment in WA.

We will then stop at Tillamook, OR and stay at the Shilo Inn there. The next day we will drive down the coast stopping at Cape Meares, Yaquina Head, Yaquina Bay, Heceta Head, Umpqua River, Coquille (Bandon) and staying overnight in Bandon at a Best Western.

The next day we'll drive to Cape Blanco and then head back north stopping in Tumwater, WA which is just south of Olympia.

We'll spend the next 2 nights in the Seattle area and try to get to some more Lighthouses near there and see some of the non lighthouse sights of the area.

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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Fri Apr 29, 2005 12:28 am


Jen, those are just gorgeous!! Thanks so much for sharing. :mrgreen:
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Postby Maria » Fri Apr 29, 2005 5:49 am


Lovely shots, Jen.
However, the lantern room looks so empty with the tiny little beacon.

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Postby plebetkin » Sun May 01, 2005 5:15 am


one of your pictures shows that the lighthouse could use a painting. Do you know if there are plans to do so?
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Postby buster » Sun May 01, 2005 8:37 am


Great photos,thanks :)
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Postby Jen » Sun May 01, 2005 8:51 am


Thanks for the nice feedback. Peter, I was there and the lighthouse was not opened, so I am not sure of the answer to your question, as I was not able to speak with any of the volunteers who staff the lighthouse. And when I walked up to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, they had just closed for the day, where the viewpoint is for Cape Disappointment.
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Postby Pharoslvr » Sun May 01, 2005 10:21 am


I hope you don't get tired of hearing this, Jen, but those
photos are wonderful!! 'Glad to see that you had great
weather, too! :)
'Looking forward to seeing more! :)

Thanks,
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