Did you hear Kellogg’s got a Twitter account?
Now they make Rice Krispies Tweets!
We wanted to do something to get out of the house this weekend. I found out about a program at Point Reyes National Seashore where twice a month they take a small group down to the lighthouse at night, give a little tour, and illuminate the lighthouse.
It sounded like fun. Then I found out that they were doing a sand sculpture contest the next day! We thought it’d be a fun way to spend the weekend. However, it being Labor Day weekend we couldn’t find any way to spend the night anywhere near Point Reyes. Every campground was full, every motel, hotel, and inn. So we had to drop the full-weekend activity thing. But we did still get to go on Saturday and see the lighthouse.
We packed up and headed out around 1. We drove out to San Anselmo and stopped at a Subway to get some sandwiches. We bought a bag of ice and some sodas and put it all in the cooler and continued on our way to the seashore. Once we made it to the National Seashore we still had to drive out to the lighthouse which is on a tip of land which is actually on the Pacific tectonic plate.
So we reached the park which has no entrance fee (yay!) and continued driving out towards the lighthouse.
On the way we stopped at one of the beaches; Jess even played in the icy water; which turned out to be dangerous due to the monsters:
Once we finished playing at the beach (that is, once we got hungry) we finished our drive to the parking lot near the lighthouse. After our tasty, tasty dinner of Subway we still had some time, so we adventured out to the sea lion lookout point. By this time the fog was really starting to roll in and we were reminded of the Lord of the Rings when Sam and Frodo are wandering around in the fog.
There are supposed to be sea lions down below us. We couldn’t see any, but we could hear some barking.
It was weird standing under the trees. The fog was so dense that it was condensing on the trees fast enough that it was actually raining beneath the branches.
We met up with the guide and walked down to the lighthouse (308 steps!). Here you can see the actual lighthouse and in the next picture is the currently used, automatic light which is operated by the US Coast Guard.
Inside you can see the inner workings of all the original gearwork that made the beams rotate. This is apparently a big deal, most historic lighthouses don’t have the original gearwork. Even more impressive is that the gearwork still works too. They can’t actually turn the structure at the moment though. Apparently there is a structural weakness in the roof and the rotating of the 6000 pound light structure could cause the roof to collapse. So they’re working on getting funding to replace the roof (which requires removing the entire light structure piece by piece first).
Then the guide removed the curtain from the light and we got to see it all lit up. Apparently they keep the light on all the time to keep the building dry and warm (to help protect the equipment), so they have a curtain up to keep it from blinding tourists and confusing people trying to view the actual light, I guess.
Then we got to get in the car and drive all the way back. It was foggy for about half of the drive through the park, so it was slow moving. We stopped for some deer that were crossing the road and several rabbits ran across in front of us. But we made it home. It was a lot of fun.
We eat at Panda Express occasionally. It’s just on the opposite corner from our apartment complex, so we like to walk down there every now and again. Well, we were down there a couple of weeks ago and there was a sign that, if you buy a 3-entrée meal, you can get a coupon to Boomers! for a free ride on the go-karts or a free game of mini-golf, and you get some tokens to use in the arcade. Since Jess likes to get cream-cheese rangoons with her meal she ends up almost always getting a 3-entrée meal. So we got a coupon and kept it. Then we went back to Panda a week later or something and did it again.
On Friday we finally went to Boomers! to use our coupons. We stopped at In’n’Out for dinner on the way. The only reason this step gets mentioned is that I have to include the picture of the end of a potato I wound up with in my tray of fries:
Exciting I know.
Anyway, so we went to Boomers! and decided to play a round of miniature golf. It was fun. Here I am teeing off:
Jess is lining up her shot:
It was one of those nights that it started getting cold really fast, so I put my hood up. Jess promptly made fun of me, despite the fact that her ears were freezing:
At the end of the course was a fun pagoda structure!
Jess beat me on the front 9, 23 to 28. But she ended up with a handful of 6’s on the back nine and I ended up winning 53 to 59.
After miniature golf we went inside to get warm. We perused the arcade games and I found my long-time arcade favorite “Police 911”. It’s a shooter game where it detects your body movement allowing you to crouch and hide behind things (which is how you reload). I enjoy it. So here I am crouching behind a barrier to reload:
It was fun. And it was nice that it cost us $0 (aside from the Panda Express which we would have eaten anyway).