Pigeon Point Lighthouse, built in 1871 on the Pacific Coast of Northern California, to help ships navigating this treacherous coastline.
The Sunday Traveler and her visitors spent a couple of hours here on a Sunday afternoon as we wound down Highway 1 on our way back home after a day of exploring the beaches along this beautiful stretch of coastline. Much easier than what the sailing ships had to navigate.
The day was a mixture of fog that moved in and out to give us wonderful glimpses of blue sky and sunshine.
A peek at the lighthouse through a hole in a piece of the ship Carrier Pigeon’s planking that had hit rocks near the coast, and sank years ago.
The tower is on a promontory and has always been a landmark for ships coming in to the San Francisco Bay from the south.
One of the lamps used in the lighthouse, which now uses a rotating lamp with six beams, still an active aid to navigation. The stairs inside the lighthouse were not available to visitors. A wonderful visitors center is right outside the lighthouse with a lot of history and information. And views from windows inside the center were unique
If you find yourself in this area of Highway 1, between Santa Cruz and San Francisco, this should be on your to see list.