How My 6.5 Mile Planned Walk Turned Into a 12 Mile Walk on my Ninth Day on the South West Coast Path

SWCP Woolacombe Beach Bench

Dear Readers, The last blog I wrote explained just the start of my first day on the South West Coast Path. I stopped my story just as I was taking my very first steps on my 630-mile journey. I would like to share with you that I am writing a book about my three-month journey, and thus would like to save most of my stories for the book. Therefore, here is part of my ninth day on the SWCP from June 12, 2017, from Woolacombe to Croyde Bay to Saunton Sands and back to Croyde Bay. Today’s walk on the Continue Reading →

3:00 pm on Sunday the 4th of June, 2017 – The Start of My 630-mile South West Coast Path Walk

South West Coast Path Marker

Lao Tzu once said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Such an inspirational quote. For a few moments, I thought that my journey of 630 miles might have ended with one step… It was my first day of walking. I wasn’t even on the true path yet. I was leaving my first bed-and-breakfast on my way to start walking the actual path, when I slipped. On the wet stone steps. Word of warning: stone steps are slippery after a rain. My foot suddenly slid out from under me. Fortunately I caught myself before falling flat on Continue Reading →

28 Lighthouses in Washington State – A Bucket List Item Completed

Mukilteo Lighthouse

Twenty-eight lighthouses. Some of these, I actually saw more than once. At one lighthouse, my husband and I spent a few weekends one summer doing volunteer restoration work. At another lighthouse, my husband and I got married!! Some lighthouses were seen from the vantage point of a sailboat. My husband and I made a special visit to see one lighthouse at Christmas time. A few offered tours, while others were seen off in the distance from the coast to an island. They are the lighthouses of Washington State. And with these 28 lighthouses, I have completed a Bucket List item Continue Reading →

Female Lighthouse Keepers: Women Who Cared for the Lights

To Keep The Light Erica Fae

They were wives, daughters, and mothers. They were pioneers, professionals, and hard-workers. They were strong, physically and emotionally. They were rescuers, saviors, and champions. They were female lighthouse keepers, the women who cared for the lights of lighthouses, and kept them burning. These women not only cared for the lights, but also cared for their families, the home, visitors, people they rescued. They did household chores, cooked, cleaned. They polished brass, painted, and took care of animals and gardens. Most importantly they made sure the lights that guided those at sea to safety were constantly lit, and the fog bells Continue Reading →

Lightship Swiftsure – A Floating Lighthouse

Lightship Swiftsure

When we think of lighthouses, we usually picture tall towers and keeper’s quarters, bright beaming lights and loud foghorns, placed on the edges of land or on islands. However, did you know that there were these aids to navigation that were actually floating? These “floating lighthouses” were just as powerful, and used to be just as important, as their sisters on land. The bright beaming lights and loud foghorns were located on ships that were anchored offshore, floating in the seas, in places where building regular lighthouses were impossible or impractical. Known as “lightvessels” and “lightships,” they performed just like Continue Reading →