On July 9, after Shannon and Brian left, Kim and I just sat down on the couch and rested. we have been in that dreaded “vacation” mode for the past week and it is exhausting. I fully understand why people do it, but thankfully it is not our lifestyle anymore.
We hung out at our campsite and read. I have been reading “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”. It ties in nicely with our trip through the western US. We have visited a number of historical sites of incidents that have been explained from the Indians perspective in this book. I find it unbelievably appalling how the Native Americans were treated then and to some degree continue to be treated today.
On July 10, we decided to go see the Heceta Lighthouse. It is just south of where we are camped. It is a beautiful setting with a large “head” and a beautiful beach.
It is a short walk up to the lighthouse, but it is steep.
When we arrived a free tour was starting, so we joined in and got to see inside the lighthouse. I am sure most people that visit these lighthouses wonder what it would be like to be one of the lighthouse keepers that worked here before it was automated in the 1930’s.
We were not allowed to go to the top of the lighthouse. We walked on a trail behind the lighthouse to get a better look at the lens.
The views from the top of the head were very interesting.
We then walked back to the light keepers quarters. The Head light keepers house was removed when it fell into disrepair. The assistant light keepers quarters, which was once a duplex is now used as a bead and breakfast. They were giving tours, so we got a look around.
We then went into the town of Florence to get food and fuel. I really wanted to get some steelhead and see if I could duplicate the meal we had the other night with Brian and Shannon.
I bought a little over a pound of steelhead and cooked it on a cedar plank with a honey and brown sugar glaze. It was just as good as the other night and this time I did not have to share it with Brian. Here are the dreaded food pictures:
After eating all of that fish, we had to take a walk on the beach. It was a decent sunset, so I will leave you with pictures of the sun setting over the pacific ocean. We were some of the last people in the continental US to see the sun on this day.
We have been considering where we go from here and have not decided. For the first time in a long time, we have no place to go. We will be moving over to SE Washington the first week in August to see my parents that are coming up this way for a visit, but that is almost a month away. We can stay here until our 14 day limit is up on July 20 and we may just do that. The weather is cool and it is hot inland. Our daily highs are in the 60’s with lows about 55 at night and the scenery is some of the best in the world. Why would we leave?