Saturday, September 4, 2010

Port Orford

While still camping near Port Orford, we received an e-mail from our friends, Mike and Marty Mills from Cloudcroft. They were in northern California and headed north to join us for a few days. We had a great visit and also toured the Port O. Lifeboat Station Museum and Cape Blanco Lighthouse.

The original Coastguard Crew Quarters is now the Lifeboat Station Museum. The station operated from 1934 to 1970, with the Coast Guard “surfmen” launching lifeboats on rescue missions from their boathouse 280 feet below the cliff.

One of the original 36 foot motor lifeboats.

Ocean view from the original site of the 37-foot-high lookout tower. The tower afforded a view of a 40 mile stretch of coastline.

Donnie, Mike and Marty

Mike, Marty and me after the tour of the Cape Blanco Lighthouse. It was too foggy to see much, which might have been a good thing (ya’ll know how I am about heights!). The lighthouse, perched on a cliff 245 feet above the ocean, is the oldest standing lighthouse on the Oregon coast.

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