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    Posted August 2, 2014 by
    kirkland, Washington
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    The lure of lighthouses

    Point No Point Lighthouse, Hansville, WA


    I've loved lighthouses all my life. Most people think of the East Coast style of lighthouse: tall, slender, and often striped. But West Coast lighthouses on Puget Sound are short and squatty, but just as awesome as their taller cousins. Every summer, my family would vacation at Point No Point fishing resort, camping, salmon fishing, crabbing, and clamming on the beaches of the Kitsap peninsula. I treasure those summer days and try to remember all of the things my dad taught me then, as he is no longer with us. The picture of us on the dock was taken in 1980. We lost him in 1995, way too young. My biggest salmon ever caught there, a 24 pounder! is stuffed and mounted above my fireplace at home, along with bottles of sand and statuettes of all the lighthouses around the world that I have visited. I find lighthouses very calming, a light in the distance, someone to watch out for me, until I reach the shore. Of course, most lighthouses now are no longer manned but they still have that wonderful feeling of someone caring out in the night. Kind of how I think of my Dad now, off somewhere in the dark night, but still watching out for me. Sadly, the resort was run down and sold to the State for a park and all the resort area has been torn down. But the lighthouse remains, on the point, with the Coast Guard keeping it up to date and the light turning.

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