And Then There Were Eight….
Our hosting family here at Cape Blanco has been growing and we’re now up to the full quota. This particular volunteer job takes 4 couples (singles are hired on occasion too) and we all rotate through the schedule with an average of ~3 days on and ~3 days off per week (Monday and Tuesday is off for everyone with the final day a mix). In the three years we’ve been doing this we’ve never met a host couple we didn’t get along with.
It kind of makes sense when you think about it. To be a lighthouse host you pretty much gotta love lighthouses and love people, otherwise you’re in totally the wrong gig. Almost everyone here ends up pretty passionate about the history of the place, and they’re an affable bunch as a group. This inevitably leads to many nights around the campfire drinking adult beverages, sharing stories and chatting away…as one does.
This year is even more interesting since ALL of the four hosts write a pretty comprehensive blog. Two of these couples are even nutty enough to write a daily blog (I’m always amazed at the folks who are able to do this). It’s almost a little surreal to see three other posters cover the same area at the same time, and occasionally makes you question if you’re living in some kind of online reality show. On the other hand it’s also fascinating to see everyone’s take on the place.
If you want the daily nitty gritty, all you have to do is read Angie & Gary’s blog or Clark & Elaine’s blog (sometimes I check in with them just to see what I really did yesterday). If you want the social-techno-cool take you read Technomadia’s blog. And then if you just want to go all sappy and floppy you can read mine. It’s like one of those 360-degree view mirrors, in writing form with a seat for everyone to see. That said, you’re bound to see overlap ‘coz I know the others will get taken by the sap just like me, and I do get social and practical on occasion between my wild natural musings.
As for what we actually do here? For those new to the blog I’ve written about Cape Blanco in earlier posts HERE and HERE, so I won’t be doing any additional posts on that this year. The job is much the same and you’re welcome to check in with our other local bloggers for the current conditions. All I’ll add is that for lighthouse nuts this is pretty much the ideal position, and the stunning nature here makes it even more so.
Cape Blanco is the oldest operating lighthouse in Oregon, wonderfully restored and perched on the top of gorgeous 200-foot cliffs. A more beautiful location is hard to imagine. The lighthouse hosts get fabulous, private (and protected) full hook-up campsites in the midst of untouched nature combined with a great volunteer coordinator & super easy schedule. We have a cape, two huge beaches, thick woods and over 8 miles of trails with many more “hidden” trails as you get to know the place. There’s a reason we keep coming back here, you know…
But it’s also not for the faint of heart.
If you’re looking for perfect year-round set-your-thermometer-by-the-weather kind of place, this is not for you. This spot is wild and crazy, which is the very part that sings to the primal side in me. In the mere week we’ve been here we’ve seen gorgeous sun, supremely dense fog and wind gusts up to 40mph. Yesterday morning it was so still I could hear the crunch of pine needles as I walked in the forest, and the air was so thick long threads of moisture dripped down our front windshield. This morning the wind was singing in the trees and I walked 2 miles on the beach with nary a person in sight. This afternoon? Only the ghosts of Cape Blanco know….
As I sit here now and digest my freshly brewed espresso, I’m listening to Betthoven’s 9th and watching the wind play with the tops of the pine trees while the sun attempts to sneak its way through the clouds. It’s a rather moving and meditative experience, the music making it even more so. If you don’t believe me, I challenge you to sit in a dark room with no other distractions and listen to Beethoven’s 9th on full blast. If you don’t get moved to tears by the time you get to the 4th movement, well then you’re a tougher person than I.
Ah yes music, nature and Cape Blanco. I’m a happy gal….
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