Always a great day on the coast!

I love the coast. Were I a wealthy man, I would like to live on the coast.

I know that for many of you, living on the coast brings thoughts of a big fancy house on or near the beach, that is only a stones throw from the sand and you can wander out and take a dip before each meal.

Not for me.

First off, I am not a big swimmer. I can swim to save my life, if needed, and that is about it. I will sit and do my impersonation of a potato and stew in a hot tub, and I might, occasionally, sit in a pool.

No… I would not want a big house or lots of land on the coast. I would just want a good old Lighthouse. It would have to be a fully functioning light house that had a real 2nd or 3rd order fresnel lens set, and would actually require me to work on it from time to time. Oiling gears to keep the lenses rotating. Making sure that the fog horn is working. That kind of stuff.

The reason I think I like the coast the most though is the people. You really do not find this as much in the larger, touristy cities, but in the smaller towns that are a little more off the beaten path, you see a nicer group of people. Especially in areas where the people still carve a little of their living out of the sea. I think you see this more in the east coast and on the northwest coast. For the most part I will not count any of the California beaches. There are a few pretty Californian beaches, but I think that Californians treat the beaches much the same way someone might treat a twenty dollar hooker. Use it, mess it up, don’t clean up after yourself and leave it dirtier than you found it. Sorry for any visual that might have created, but of all the beaches I have seen, ours have to be the worst.

There does seem to be a certain “feel” in small coastal towns. I cannot say electricity I also cannot say that they are all laid back. There just seems to be this “expectation” of things to come. A good local, to me, example is the town of San Simeon. It is still a little too touristy for me, but it still has enough of that feel that I am talking about. When you are there and eat at one of the restaurants, you can tell that the people that live or work there are not entirely jaded to the fact that they are a sleepover town to a tourist trap, meaning Hearst Castle. They are genuinely nice and willing to talk with you, at length, about almost anything.

In reality, as I alluded to in my opening comment, a house on the coast, let alone a lighthouse, is beyond my means at this point in life. There is no chance that I will be a lighthouse keeper any time soon. But I will continue to visit lighthouses and dream about them. The wife and I will continue to make our pilgrimages to the coast and enjoy that as well.

There is just SOMETHING about the coast…

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5 thoughts on “Always a great day on the coast!”

  1. ….. This is the 21st century Sam, lighthouses have been automated for years now, sorry, you just stuck in good ‘ol Bako!

  2. Actually there are many lighthouses that are still lived in, and still serve a function. Three in California alone. Most all have had the oil or gas lights taken out, and a few have had the Fresnel lens removed in favor of the high intensity strobes. The last time I was up in Oregon, I went to an auction for a lighthouse. Went for a little over two million dollars.

    No… I would still like to live in one. If I could ever afford property on the coast, there is no law that says I could not build my own lighthouse.

  3. You are correct. In fact along the pacific coast I believe there are several that still use the old technology. It has been awhile but I read an article several years back. In fact in certain places you can actually book a nights stay in one. I believe it was the same article that discussed the same thing for old fire look out structures in the forest. While technology unfortunately has replaced both light house keepers and forest rangers in the fire lookout post’s, they can still be enjoyed by many. In fact several communities in recent years have actually purchased both from the federal government and are in the process of restoring them to their grandier.

  4. oh and by the way. I miss the pacific ocean. The gulf coast at least in texas does not compare. Although, that same unhurried attitude of the locals and shop keepers is still present. I do hear the lower gulf coast is much better than Galveston and Kemah. But hey the beach is still the beach and you know what they say(who they is) a bad day at the beach is still better than a good day at work…………….

  5. It is odd how different the various coasts are. When Naty and I were in New England (Boston, Portland, Bar Harbor) we noticed how rocky the coast was. Obviously, from a geologic point of view, I know why this is, and it makes sense. But from the point of view of the laymen, you sometimes lose grasp of exactly how big the world is and how it varies from place to place.

    As for the lighthouses… there are several on the east coast that are also lived in. Portland Head Light, one of America’s more famous light houses, is still occupied while also being a national landmark (it was commissioned by George Washington.) and a souvenir shop.


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