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Pigeon Point Lighthouse | by Darvin Atkeson
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Pigeon Point Lighthouse

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Cruise down California's Pacific Coast Highway on a crisp clear moonlight November evening and if you are lucky you might chance a glimpse of arguably the most stunning lighthouse ever constructed. Perched on a rocky bluff 148 feet above the sea Pigeon Point Lighthouse stands guard over the grave of several ships most notably the wayward Carrier Pigeon for which the area is named. When lit the main Fresnel lens sends out 24 separate beams in a breathtaking star-burst pattern. The light beams extend out 27 miles to the horizon and light up the coastal foothills. Each November the grounds are packed and good parking is a far-fetched dream as photographers and lighthouse fans descend upon the small park. The park sports several buildings that now act as a hostel where work weary travelers from far and near take refuge from the constant breeze blowing off the sea. A patio behind the lighthouse is often the coveted spot from which to watch whales, otters, sea lions frolic in the surf below. Ships and sailboats often pass at sunset headed back in to port. GPS, radar and a cheap spot light have since made the first order Fresnel lens obsolete but the lighthouse beckons back to a time when things were slower and the sea was part of life along the coast of California.



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Taken on November 13, 2010