“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea.”
– e.e. cummings
Day 2 – part 1 1/2
Just down the road from the National Cemetery is the Old Point Loma Lighthouse overlooking the cliff tide pools.
These pictures don’t do it justice. There is so much more than the view.
It’s the mood of a harsh land beaten by the Pacific.
It’s the sounds of sea life as they call from overhead.
It’s the crashing punch when a swelling wave meets the rocky shore.
Then, above it all is the Old Point Loma Lighthouse.
Built in 1855, it was placed 422 ft above the sea, between the Gulf of San Diego and the great Pacific Ocean. At the time, placing it high seemed a good idea. A beacon for all the sailors. It was quickly discovered a place so high had issues with fog obscuring the light (whoops!).
Unfortunately, it was only a working lighthouse for 30 years because of that little blunder. It has been restored it to its original 1800’s condition, inside and out. Jason and I both have a love for lighthouses and this was the first I have ever toured.
I was not disappointed.
The house is small; four rooms and the light is not tall. There is a spiral staircase to the top.
And the view?
Of course, in the 1800’s, it wasn’t the same as now. No busy harbor, and no downtown San Diego.
And certainly, no Coastguard helicopters.
Just the little lighthouse…..
And the many ocean views….
So, I still want to live in a lighthouse, even an 1800’s one, preferably on the Pacific Ocean, but I am not picky.
One of the new lighthouse’s is pretty spiffy too, and they even used the grounds for the movie, Top Gun.
So what do you think? Do you want to live in a lighthouse? Have you been to Point Loma?