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Point Sur State Historic Park

 During our drive to the Jade Festival we passed this large volcanic rock which is the home to the Point Sur Lighstation.  The Lighthouse was first lit in 1889 and continues to be in operation.  Back in the day, the lighthouse keepers and their families used to live on the property before technology came along and allowed for automatic operation.  (boo!)  What a nice treat it must have been to live here.  Although it does look like it is in the middle of nowhere this facility is 19 miles away from Carmel, so it must have been a perfect oasis, in the middle of nature, yet with amenities not too far away..
Another interesting fact is that this volcanic rock was also the home to the Point Sur Naval Facility which was part of a network of defensive listening stations.   According to the website they used to track and listen to Soviets submarines.  Today it continues to function as the only Sound Surveillance System facility on the West Coast.  I've passed this rock many times in my years and always wondered what went on and now I know! How about you? 
Are there any places near your house that are a mystery to you?

8 comments

Ms. Givens said...

Very cool! Was it ever a volcano or associated with one?

Love of the Sea said...

Absolutely Gorgeous. Breathtaking!!

O D Y S S E Y said...

You are killing me (in a good way!) with these breathtaking ocean views!

Although it's no longer near me, I've been mystified by the awe-inspiring Baths on Virgin Gorda since first seeing that tumbled arrangement of massive granite boulders. No one knows for certain how they formed, as granite is not normally found in that region.

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davidmac said...

Thanks for the info... There are pieces of war history all over my town. (We live at the mouth of the Delaware river which is the main route to Philly ports and was a ket target during WW1 and 2) http://www.capemayviews.com/Attractions/Lighthouse/bunker.htm the details of this big bunker were always a mystery to me (until i researched it to send the link haha.)

Cindy Whitehead said...

I seriously think you should do "locals point of view" guide books - you always find the coolest places everywhere you live! Love the photos you take too.

Rose West said...

Wow! It looks like a castle belongs there, right next to the lighthouse!

Love of the Sea said...

Fantastic. So spectacular. Thank you for sharing these incredible landscapes.