Lou is definitely in her element! Point Arena is a sister to Pigeon Point, the lighthouse where she volunteers as a docent. This lighthouse replaced the 1870 lighthouse that was destroyed by the 1905 San Francisco Earthquake. This replacement with its cylindrical profile was built by a contractor experienced in building smokestacks. With its steel reinforcement rods it was designed to withstand future earthquakes.We were all fascinated with its double bullseye first order Fresnel lens which is on display in the Fog Signal building. The lighthouse is still operational but now utilizes an LED light that is visible 16 miles out to sea. The three of us did the tour and climbed to the top of the tower. Lou lingered talking to the docents and learning more about the non-profit organization that is restoring and protecting this treasure. Meanwhile the two of us recognized a fellow traveler. Wayne is visiting from New Zealand and is bicycling from Vancouver to Mexico. We camped on the site next to him in Burlington Campground on Wednesday night. It’s always a treat when we meet someone along the journey then cross paths again!

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