Oh hey, there. I guess it’s been a while. Let’s just say I severely underestimated the amount of time and energy my first term in grad school was going to require. Between classes, teaching, and research I haven’t even had time to unpack everything from the move. The room that’s meant to be the guest bedroom/my office is basically a jumbled dumping ground for all the random items we haven’t had time to organize yet. It’s chaos, and I hate it, but I need like 5 more hours in the day…
But enough excuses, let’s go back in time to October when my parents came to visit and we took a little trip to the coast. We visited the town of Florence where we walked around the little tourist shops, but the main event for the day was Heceta Head Lighthouse. The view of a little white lighthouse out on the point just seemed to be the quintessential “Oregon Coast” image and it was really fun taking my family there.
The weather couldn’t have been better and we all enjoyed walking around on the beach where we saw one lone seal surfing the waves. We also walked the short hike up the hill to see the lighthouse and the view, along with one of the houses where the lighthouse keepers used to live. It would have been a pretty crazy job living out there on the coast, growing food in the yard and waiting for a team of horses to bring any other supplies.
The lighthouse is part of a state park with several hiking trails. I’d love to take a weekend and hike some of them! Preferably in late summer when it’s blackberry season. Oregon is famous for wild blackberries and we were able to snag a couple late season berries from the bushes along the path.
While many lighthouses are no longer in use, the one on Heceta Head is still working despite being built in 1894! I think lighthouses are incredibly charming. Something about a single light shining out over a dark and stormy sea gives me a warm and cozy feeling.