Today’s Ediz Hook Lighthouse

Ediz Hook Lighthouse

This summer my husband and I went on a sort of “treasure hunt” to try to find several lighthouses in Washington State that are not quite like the typical lighthouse one thinks of when thinking of a lighthouse. This first one, Ediz Hook Lighthouse, is currently located in a residential area of Port Angeles as a private home, and having its light tower removed, looks like a normal house if you did not know it used to be a dwelling for a lighthouse.

Ediz Hook Lighthouse

This dwelling, along with its octagonal shaped light tower, was originally located on the three-and-a-half-mile sand spit, Ediz Hook, which protects Port Angeles Harbor. The tower was completed in 1908, and the dwelling was added in 1909. Today you can see the engraving of 1908 on the front door.

Ediz Hook Lighthouse

Going back in history, located at the far end of Ediz Hook, the original way the sand spit was protected by a “lighthouse” was that “driftwood was burned atop a tripod by private enterprise as early as 1861 to provide light for navigation.”

Prior to the 1908/1909 lighthouse and dwelling, but replacing the burning driftwood, the first lighthouse located on Ediz Hook “resembled a country schoolhouse, consisting of a two-story dwelling with a short, square tower protruding from one end of its pitched roof. A fixed, fifth-order Fresnel lens…was first shown from the lantern room on April 2, 1865.”

Ediz Hook Lighthouse

This original lighthouse was in use for over four decades until the 1908/1909 replacement became necessary, as over time the original lighthouse and dwelling was in need of repairs, but was replaced instead.

The original 1865 lighthouse was torn down years later in 1939. In 1946 a modern beacon on top of a control tower at the Coast Guard Air Station located at the end of Ediz Hook replaced the 1908/1909 lighthouse and dwelling. After seeing nearly four decades of use, the 1909 dwelling was sold and relocated to its current location as a private residence.

Ediz Hook Lighthouse

My husband and I drove down to near the end of Ediz Hook spit, which has a well-established road as well some industries, where the Coast Guard Air Station is located to see if we could see the modern beacon, but we could not get into the property as the area is secured from visitors. Today, there are also beaches and the Ediz Hook Reservation for Native Birds on the spit.

Located on the corner of Albert and Fourth Streets in Port Angeles we were, however, able to take pictures of today’s Ediz Hook Lighthouse dwelling from the outside of the fence. I happened to notice when I took a picture of the front door that there is a lighthouse etched in glass in the window next to the door!

Ediz Hook Lighthouse

Sweet Travels!

Quotes and information for this blog from Lighthouse Friends-Ediz Hook, where you can also view historical pictures on this website.

Lighthouses on the South West Coast Path

St Anthonys Lighthouse South West Coast Path

I love walking. I also love the ocean, the coastline, and beaches. And I love lighthouses. Put all three together for me and you have one happy camper. Such was the case for me as I walked with my husband for 100 miles along the South West Coast Path. From Carbis Bay to Falmouth, our travels included walking, the coast, and in that 100 mile stretch, we experienced no less than nine lighthouses on the South West Coast Path. Whether seeing the lighthouses up close, from a distance, through the fog, or by taking a tour.

St Anthonys Lighthouse South West Coast Path

St Anthonys Lighthouse South West Coast Path

St. Anthony’s Lighthouse, as depicted in the pictures with the sail boats and a fishing boat, was actually seen on our last day, our 16th day of walking on the path, just before walking our last mile and three quarters into Falmouth Town. We were sitting eating a snack at Pendennis Point looking across the Falmouth Harbor at this lighthouse near St. Mawes. It was a beautiful scene, and a great way to end our walk.

We saw the Pendeen Watch Lighthouse twice. Once at the end of our second day as the sun was setting. We visited again the next morning with the bright blue sky, white clouds, and turquoise waters of a new day. Although we didn’t stay in them, the keepers’ cottages of this lighthouse are available for holiday rental.

Pendeen Watch Lighthouse South West Coast Path

Pendeen Watch Lighthouse South West Coast Path

Pendeen Watch Lighthouse South West Coast Path

Lizard Lighthouse was the only lighthouse we were able to take a tour of inside, and even climb the tower. Shining its light for over 260 years, it is located at the most southerly point in England, Lizard Point. The Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Center has an interactive learning center as well, interesting to people of all ages.

Lizard Lighthouse South West Coast Path

Lizard Lighthouse South West Coast Path

Lizard Lighthouse South West Coast Path

Lizard Lighthouse South West Coast Path

A relatively new lighthouse, The Tater Du Lighthouse, was built in 1965.  It is not accessible as there is a fence surrounding it, but it can be seen from a variety of angles as we walked by it on the path. Some lighthouses, including this one, are actually visible for sometimes miles ahead as you approach them, and as you leave them, if you look back, you can also see them for miles behind.

Tater Du Lighthouse South West Coast Path

Tater Du Lighthouse South West Coast Path

Tater Du Lighthouse South West Coast Path

Tater Du Lighthouse South West Coast Path

There are a few lighthouses, such as the St. Ives Harbour, Penzance Harbour, and Newlyn South Pier, that I consider as “harbour” lights because they help fishing and other boats guide their way past stone walls, breakwaters, into the entrance of a harbour, rather than being directly on the coast as most other lighthouses.

St Ives- arbor Lighthouse South West Coast Path

Penzance Lighthouse South West Coast Path

Newlyn South Pier Lighthouse South West Coast Path

Newlyn South Pier Lighthouse South West Coast Path

When we arrived at Land’s End, the most westerly point in England, it was all foggy and could not see either of the two lighthouses on the rocks miles beyond. At least the next morning, still through a bit of clearing of the fog, we were able to catch a glimpse of Longships Lighthouse, but never did see Wolf Rock Lighthouse.

Longships Lighthouse Lands End South West Coast Path

Longships Lighthouse Lands End South West Coast Path

Going back to our first day, from a view from our window from our bed-and-breakfast, we were able to just barely see Godrevy Lighthouse out on a rock.

Godrevy Lighthouse South West Coast Path

I believe that there are no less than 15 lighthouses along the entire 630-mile South West Coast Path, and perhaps even more.

Sweet Travels!

For more scenic pictures and stories of our trip on 100 miles of the South West Coast Path, here are a few more posts:
The Ups and Downs of the South West Coast Path
Fishing Villages of the South West Coast Path
A Walking Meditation on the South West Coast Path

Lighthouses Visited from the Schooner Zodiac

Patos Island Lighthouse

Considering myself a pharologist, one who has a strong interest in lighthouses, I was thrilled when I was able to see eight lighthouses while sailing with the Schooner Zodiac on their four-day Spring Lighthouse Tour around the San Juan Islands in Washington State back in April. Here are some of my favorite pictures of six of these lighthouses taken during this exciting adventure.

Patos Island Lighthouse

Patos Island Lighthouse

Patos Island Lighthouse (above).

New Dungeness Lighthouse:

New Dungeness Lighthouse

New Dungeness Lighthouse

New Dungeness Lighthouse

Lime Kiln Lighthouse:

Lime Kiln Lighthouse

Lime Kiln Lighthouse

Lime Kiln LighthousePoint Wilson Lighthouse:

Point Wilson Lighthouse

Burrows Island Lighthouse:

Burrows Island Lighthouse

Burrows Island Lighthouse

Burrows Island LighthouseTurn Point Lighthouse:

Turn Point Lighthouse

Turn Point Lighthouse

Turn Point Lighthouse

You may read more about my exciting sailing adventures with the Schooner Zodiac on my previous three blogs:

Sailing with the Schooner Zodiac and their Spring Lighthouse Tour

Learning Some Sailing Skills Aboard The Schooner Zodiac

Kayaking, a Cat, and a Few Other Random Schooner Zodiac Photos

In addition, you may read more about these lighthouses from my previous travels to them, including walking 10 miles round trip to the New Dungeness Lighthouse, Christmas at the Lime Kiln Lighthouse and volunteering in the restoration of Burrows Island Lighthouse. (See, I am a pharologist!)

Patos Island and Turn Point Lighthouses
Point Wilson Lighthouse
New Dungeness Lighthouse
Lime Kiln Lighthouse
Burrows Island Lighthouse

Sweet Travels!

I was provided this excursion courtesy of Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism and the Schooner Zodiac, but all opinions are my own. For more information about sailing with the Schooner Zodiac, please visit their website, www.schoonerzodiac.com, which includes a list of all upcoming cruises from now through October, from their day sails, to their three day trips, to trips of longer durations, from the San Juan Islands to the Canadian Gulf Islands. The ship carries up to 26 passengers on overnight cruises in berths or private rooms, and up to 49 passengers on day sails.

Kayaking, a Cat, and a Few Other Random Schooner Zodiac Photos

Schooner Zodiac Kayak

Not only did I get to see eight lighthouses in the San Juan Islands of Washington State from the point of view of the seas, and not only did I learn some sailing skills that I did not have before, I also had a chance for a brief kayak one evening just before the sunset hours during the Schooner Zodiac’s four-day Spring Lighthouse Tour. We were anchored in the very still waters of Hughes Bay at Lopez Island, so my husband and I put on life jackets and went kayaking around the peaceful bay. These are a few photos I took of the Schooner Zodiac during our paddle.

Schooner Zodiac Kayak

Schooner Zodiac Kayak

For sleeping, my husband and I each had a berth (like a bunk bed) in a room that could sleep up to eight. This room was also used as a reading room, sitting room, and a dining room. There were berths in other areas of the ship, as well as private rooms.

Schooner Zodiac Interior

Schooner Zodiac Interior

This is a photo of another dining room.

Schooner Zodiac Dining

And this is the galley, where our delicious meals were prepared.

Schooner Zodiac Galley

On board the Schooner Zodiac was Abby, the resident cat, who decided she liked to sleep in my husband’s berth or against his backpack during the day. (My husband is a cat person, and loved this!)

Schooner Zodiac Cat Abby

Schooner Zodiac Cat Abby

When the Schooner Zodiac is not on one of their sails, they are docked at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal.

Schooner Zodiac Bellingham

A big thank you to the captain and the crew of the Schooner Zodiac for making my sailing experience a wonderful one!

Sweet Travels!

I was provided this excursion courtesy of Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism and the Schooner Zodiac, but all opinions are my own. For more information about sailing with the Schooner Zodiac, please visit their website, www.schoonerzodiac.com, which includes a list of all upcoming cruises from now through October, from their day sails, to their three day trips, to trips of longer durations, from the San Juan Islands to the Canadian Gulf Islands. The ship carries up to 26 passengers on overnight cruises in berths or private rooms, and up to 49 passengers on day sails.

Learning Some Sailing Skills Aboard The Schooner Zodiac

Schooner Zodiac

From someone who tried to take a sailing class back in college, but did not succeed at it, I must say that in four days’ time aboard the Schooner Zodiac, I learned more about sailing and navigation and ships and weather from the perspective of the seas than I personally ever have in my life. I think my favorite part about it all was seeing the majestic white sails of the Schooner Zodiac breathing in the wind against the baby blue skies, that I helped hoist.

Schooner Zodiac

When the calls “all hands on deck” and “prepare to make sail” were issued, there was a flurry of activity, under the direction of a crew member. We were on our four-day Spring Lighthouse Tour in the San Juan Islands in Washington State, and we were getting ready to hoist those majestic sails. All of us passengers had each been given a “sailing station” when we first boarded the Schooner Zodiac, so we reported there first. My station was the “staysail,” a single triangular sail towards the front of the ship. My instructions from the one crew instructor that I was teamed up with had to do with untying a line, pulling the line to raise the sail, and belaying the line with a locking hitch to complete the process. Well, there was more to it than that, but for my first time doing this, and with a lot of good guidance and assistance from my crew instructor, and from me asking a lot of questions, and from having my crew instructor double and triple check my work, I was able to raise the staysail!

Schooner Zodiac Sails

Schooner Zodiac Sails

But not before the majority of passengers and crew participated in the hoisting of the “mainsail.” We teamed up together on one of two sides of the ship, the “peak” and the “throat” sides, which correlated with the “port” and the “starboard” sides of the ship respectively. Each team had a thick line (halyard) to pull, which upon command from a crew member, raised the heavy sail up into the wind. Sometimes the peak side pulled, other times the throat side, other times both sides pulled. It was tough to pull that line, so I can see why many people were needed.

Schooner Zodiac Sails

At one point, I asked my crew instructor how many people minimum have they ever hoisted the sails with? He replied that they once did it with five people! I then asked him, “and what is the ideal number of people?” To which he replied, “Everyone!” There must have been at least 20 of us hoisting the sails this time.

Schooner Zodiac Sails

Once all four sails were hoisted, the jib, staysail, foresail, and mainsail (although I think we only raised three), and the excess lines were coiled and neatly put away, we were all then told, “all hands stand down.” I asked my instructional crew member well, I have always either stood up or sat down, but I had never stood down before. So what did that mean? It meant that I could go back to doing whatever I was doing before the call was made for “all hands on deck.” So I usually returned to taking lots of photographs, staring in awe at the raised sails, relaxing, or going back to my one of four “watch rotations.”

Schooner Zodiac Hoist Sails

Schooner Zodiac Hoist Sails

Schooner Zodiac Hoist Sails

All passengers also had the opportunity to learn a lot more about sailing other than hoisting the sails through four voluntary “watch rotations” of a half-hour each. These rotations rotated throughout the passengers and over the four days, so each of us had several rotations of the watch rotations in order to keep building our sailing skills. Our first rotation was a navigation lesson in the chart room with a crew member. I was taught navigation skills about charting (maps in nautical terms), use of latitude and longitude, and figuring out how long it takes to get somewhere using the formula I learned back in grade school of “rate times time equals distance,” using a Nautical Slide Rule. I learned that buoys have different colors and flash patterns, just like lighthouses. I learned that 1 knot is about 1.1 miles per hour, therefore 10 knots is about 11 miles per hour. I learned that one fathom is six feet. I learned about the use of a compass, a caliper, and a simple number 2 pencil. To some, this might be basic knowledge, but to me I found it quite interesting to gain some good understanding about sailing that somehow I didn’t quite get back in college.

Schooner Zodiac Navigation

Schooner Zodiac Navigation

Schooner Zodiac Navigation

When the navigation lesson was over, I had a turn at our second rotation, steering the helm. Aided by the captain or a crew member, I learned how to use a landmark when the weather was clear to steer by, and by using a compass when there was fog. I learned that it is not quite like driving a car. Yes, to go left, you steer left, and to go right, you steer right, but a 160-foot ship is much bigger than a car, and it takes time to respond, and then it over responds, so corrections need to be made to bring the ship back to sailing straight ahead. I’ll admit I was a bit nervous about doing this, being responsible for making sure I was on course, but of course they weren’t going to leave a beginner like me alone at doing this, so I felt at ease when the captain or another crew member was nearby.

Schooner Zodiac Helm

Schooner Zodiac Helm

Doing a bow watch from the front of the ship looking for debris, logs, crab pots, kayaks, other boats, whales, or anything that might be in the way, was our third rotation. It was quite a different experience doing the bow watch if the skies were clear and you could see quite a lot ahead of you versus if it was foggy, and you couldn’t see much. In either case, if we spotted something we were to whistle into a brass tube at the bow of the ship which was connected to a brass tube near the helm at the aft of the ship.

Schooner Zodiac Bow Watch

Schooner Zodiac Bow Watch

Schooner Zodiac Bow Watch

Schooner Zodiac Bow Watch

Then the quarterdeck messenger, our fourth rotation, would answer the whistle, and then the two would communicate the message, informing the person at the helm. It was kind of like that telephone game you played when you were a kid with two cans at each end of a rope. Of course, it really wasn’t a game, and was quite useful, especially because when you are standing at the helm, with the 160 feet of ship in front of you, you really can’t see what is directly in front of the ship.

Schooner Zodiac Messenger

Another lesson that all passengers contributed to were the preparations of getting the Schooner Zodiac ready in the morning for the day. This included cleaning the deck, wiping down the wet sitting areas (that was my job), and polishing the brass. It was a lesson to show how much dedication and care is needed to make sure the ship stays clean and looking sharp, and everyone on board is comfortable.

Schooner Zodiac Brass

Schooner Zodiac Brass

Now I know I have a lot more to learn about sailing, but what I learned in four days aboard the Schooner Zodiac on their Spring Lighthouse Tour, I felt was a great foundation. Much, much more than an entire class in college. Whether you are an experienced sailor, or a beginner like me, I would recommend a cruise with the Schooner Zodiac not only to learn some sailing skills, but to also travel to some great destinations!

Schooner Zodiac

Sweet Travels!

I was provided this excursion courtesy of Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism and the Schooner Zodiac, but all opinions are my own. For more information about sailing with the Schooner Zodiac, please visit their website, www.schoonerzodiac.com, which includes a list of all upcoming cruises from now through October, from their day sails, to their three day trips, to trips of longer durations, from the San Juan Islands to the Canadian Gulf Islands. The ship carries up to 26 passengers on overnight cruises in berths or private rooms, and up to 49 passengers on day sails.