The Point Arena was my final lighthouse during this US Trip while on my way back from Fort Bragg. I wasn’t very sure if I will be doing it but then at the last minute didn’t want to miss a chance and since I was driving through the Highway 1, I thought ‘why not?’
This is the one where the First Order Fresnel Lens is seen and you can visit the top of the lighthouse, even though sometimes there might be a waiting time. For me, it was about 20-30 mins because there were some school kids waiting for their turn. The view from the top was awesome and I managed to see another whale (a bigger one actually) from the top. You have to pay some fees if you want to go in. Most people just parked outside of the gate and took pictures from there. Also this is the point where the San Andreas fault goes into the sea.
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When I was in Fort Bragg, I decided to visit this light house called Point Cabrillo which was within the city limits. Went there by around 3.30 pm and spent a while there. According to the lady there, who was so happy to receive a visitor from India on her tour of light houses, this one has the third order Fresnel lens where as the Point Arena (which was already in my list of to-visit places) has the 1st order Fresnel lens. There was this one squirrel who was roaming the place and gave me company during my visit there. I have tons of pictures of that little friend. I did hope to catch some whales, but they had already done their visits in the morning. Around 8 pairs were spotted during the first half of the day, according to the lady at the gift shop. Not my day to catch them I guess. But as usual, felt at peace and enjoyed the nature and the cold winds before I decided to head back after 6 pm.
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Near the parking lot
Walk towards the lighthouse
Finally, I can see it
I love this profile picture of the light house
View of the ocean
This fellow was my companion there