Thursday, June 12, 2014
The Light at Point Cabrillo
Our walk down to the light crossed through the salty meadows of the headlands. When we reached the bluffs, a turn south would take us directly to the lighthouse, but we heard the sound of sea lions nearby and decided to walk north instead. We encountered an incredible tidal pool, but there was no sign of the sea lions.
When we arrived back at the lighthouse, we toured the displays and the building, but you cannot actually go up into the light here, since it is still a working signal. The exhibits explain the history of the lighthouse, and of shipwrecks that have been found in the area. Point Cabrillo was built to guide ships along the coast from San Francisco to pick up the forest and industrial products coming from this region.
We chatted with the docent, and she explained that the sea lions were a few miles further north, on a small island with a rookery on it. She gave us directions, and we decided to come back later, after we went back to Mendocino to check in at the hotel.
We’ll let that thought hang in the air for a while. Meanwhile, we headed back to Mendocino to check in, and hiked around the headlands again before dinner.
Here’s a link to the lighthouse page: http://www.pointcabrillo.org