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Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Point Arena Lighthouse, one of the highlights of the Mendonoma Coast

Visitors from around the world visit the Point Arena Lighthouse. It's one of the jewels of the Coast. Recently Rick and I revisited the Lighthouse and visitor center. Oh boy, did we have a beautiful day for our visit.

In the visitor center/museum you can learn about the history of the Lighthouse and the magnificent Fresnel lens. Here Bill Brown, aka Lighthouse Willie, shows us the lens that used to be at the top of the Lighthouse.
The display gives more information on the custom lens. Every Lighthouse had a different light so captains could tell which Lighthouse they were passing.
 The stairs up to the top of the lighthouse are steep and winding but there are several platforms to catch your breath.
And you will need your breath for the views!  Below Ron LeValley photographed the crater known as Devil's Punch Bowl.
To learn more about the Point Arena Lighthouse, here's the link:

Thanks to Ron for allowing me to share his photo of Devil's Punch Bowl. To see much more of Ron's photography, here is the link:

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