A quick hike before Point Arena Lighthouse
Before I draw your attention to the Point Arena Lighthouse , I’d like to interrupt myself with this note: Check out Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands near the Point Arena Light house, you’re in for a treat ! It’s a vast land with some of the atypical seascapes on the northern Coast of California.
Here’s another dope shot to demonstrate the grandeur of Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands. Check out how little the hikers are in the backdrop of this massive open space.
Back to the light house….
If you had out there a grumpy local resident will give you a quick tour about the history and some specks of the lighthouse. The tour is like 10 bucks and pretty boring. Then the guy also will mention something about the mercury lamp.
The lamp used to illuminate an assortment of mirrors which would beam out the light out into the Pacficic Ocean for 10 miles or so. Now the modern day tehcnology of LED is illuminating the light house at a fraction of the cost, etc… typical info.
What is really cool is that you actually get to go all the way to the top of the Point Arena lighthouse and observe the surroduning area. This was an amazing highlight of the trip. Furthermore you can actually go out onto parapet balcony and take in the cold wet ocean spray with your whole chest if you were out on a boat. Looking down is a whole another level of adrenaline.
As the strong sea breeze blowing the Ocean air all around you will have an opportunity to look over the houses and Cypress trees on the local grounds. Tip: You can actually stay in one of those houses. It is very desolate and lonely here and quite boring. A perfect place for English novel backdrop.
It’s an ideal place and a thing to do in California while checking out Sonoma and Mendocino Coast. Since it gives you a better perspective of coastal ruggidness. You can finally feel that you are actually somewhere up north, away from LaJolla sandy beaches. It is a completely different country here from Southern California.
You can actually even sea occasional whales drift by! There are tons of seals loafing on the rocks. Our little dude really liked watching and pointing at the ocean creatures. He also enjoyed running around the green grass of the nearby grounds.
The woman who works at the top of the Lighthouse was very pleasant to talk to. The whole part of getting up the spiral staircase and looking through the old windows had a very nostalgic note to it. Sort of a short time-travel type of experience.
I almost forgot! The nearby coast is moving close and closer every year! The Devil’s punch bowl edge is practically a decade or less away from the Point arena lighthouse. You better hurry up before the construction falls into the ocean.
If you’d like to feel like a drone and soar over the Pacific Ocean Coast 100 feet above the ground – this experience is for you.
Lighthouse with a rich history and most importantly spectacular views !
That’s our California Perspective for today. Check out a checklist of cool places to see while in Mendocino with kids in the Little California Book.