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Travel with me, Photo 2: Lighthouse

Thank you Yvette from Priorhouse blog for inviting me to share 10 travel photos! Here’s my travel #2 photos.

Old Point Loma Lighthouse in San Diego: a museum where you can explore the lighthouse keeper’s living quarters, assistant’s home, garden, as outside grounds.

Here’s a brief synopsis of this place. Construction began in 1854 and was completed by 1855. Although its above sea level spot seemed ideal at first, the lighthouse was too high: it got covered by fogs and low clouds.

So in 1891, a new replacement lighthouse was built on the lower level of this land. By 1913, the abandoned and frequently vandalized lighthouse would be replaced with a statue of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo (first European from Spain to discover this area in 1524). The idea was proposed by Order of Panama, a group established to preserve the Spanish heritage of this region. However the proposal time expired before the monument was constructed. Through the President’s order, half an acre was still designated for the monument.

In 1933-1935, the Cabrillo National Monument became part of the National Park System and a significant rehabilitation of the old lighthouse started to eventually open up to the public.

These immersive kinds of museums are my favorite places to visit. You get to imagine living in a different time period. We loved visiting this place for the fresh air, ocean views, and exploring a real lighthouse keeper’s home. I wonder how I would’ve felt to sit at that dining table and see only vast land and the beautiful ocean. Morning: lovely and refreshing to bask in the sunlight. Nightime: lonely and scared of the darkness and sound of waves.

*I hope my summarization provides an informative glimpse of this captivating place. To learn more thoroughly about this place, check out both of these websites.


serene view overlooking the ocean from the monument
Jose Rodriguez Cabrillo monument
a leisurely walk up to the lighthouse from the monument; leisurely for some but I was huffing and puffing with the walk and hot day

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Welcome to my blog! My name is Esther and I'm so happy you are here. I'm an avid nature photographer and a daydreaming thinker. My posts revolve around photos of nature's beauty, homeschooling adventures with my 2 kids, sporadic reflections on my child's heart condition, Bible reading reflections, gardening feats, and other mish mash things. Hopefully you'll leave encouraged, pensive, or smiling at the simple things of life. Thank you for stopping by and hope you'll find some interesting posts to read!

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  1. Very nice Esther — the Jose Rodriguez Cabrillo monument and how you shot it from below makes it look so big. I like the lighthouse – very cozy looking and wow, the winding staircase. I went on a lighthouse tour, my first lighthouse, two years ago. They only open the lighthouse once afternoon a year by the Grosse Ile Historical Society and it was a stop for people who go to lighthouses around the country and collect stamps on their passport – they were very nice folks and I was the only “newbie” who had never been in a lighthouse before!

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    1. Thank you for your nice comment! It was so bright that day that that was the only way I could take the picture of the monument. The lighthouse visit was memorable by looking at the inside home and rooms inside the lighthouse. The furniture and furnishings were from that time and it’s like being in a time machine.
      This was my first lighthouse visit too. You’re not alone. It’s an experience isn’t it?! To think people lived there and to have the responsibility as a lightkeeper. I will check out the lighthouse you mentioned. And thanks for letting me know about the stamps and lighthouses. Didn’t know there was such a thing. I hope you can visit more of them soon!

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      1. The people in the lighthouse group go all over the U.S. and they all knew one another. They told me about their group they belong to and I looked online at the tours offered. They showed me their passports and this is my post and you can see what the passport stamp looks like. I guess you can go to national parks in the same fashion and get stamped. A week later I went to Bellanger Lighthouse, also on the Detroit River which I never knew about until the group told me as that was their next destination. That lighthouse is not open to the public for tour as it is smaller.


    1. After this visit, I would love to visit more lighthouses in the future. They are amazing structures and I assume other lighthouses would have similar staircases. It’s cool but can seem creepy going up or down on them at night. They were/are some brave souls!

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