It rained most of the night and was still drizzling and gray this morning. We planned to leave about 10am to make the one hour drive to Coos Bay to meet grandson Ryan at 11am for lunch. He had free time at school today from 11-2pm. He called just as we were leaving to let us know he had to attend a meeting and would be a bit late so we could take our time.
That worked for us as we planned to take in one more lighthouse today. The rain stopped shortly after we left but the skies were still gray. The temperature dropped from yesterday as well, down into the mid 50's. Not far from home we made a right turn into the Umpqua Lighthouse State Park. The road leading back to the park is so pretty. I love all of the ferns and when the various trees and plants are wet the colors really pop.
The Umpqua River Lighthouse was built in 1894, shining a guiding light to all mariners. The conical tower rises 65 feet from the ground. The Lighthouse stands 165 feet above sea level. The lens is 5 feet in diameter, 10 feet high and weighs 2 tons. It consists of 800 prisms, hand cut in Paris, France in 1890. It is visible for 19 miles seaward. The signal is 2 white flashes followed by 1 red. An earlier structure, commissioned on the north spit of the river in 1857, was the first lighthouse on the Oregon Coast. It fell into the river in 1864 after sand eroded under the foundation. The current lighthouse, identical in design to the one at Heceta Head, was illuminated in 1894. It's red flash is the only colored signal on the Oregon Coast. Unfortunately, the timing for a tour didn't fit into our lunch plans today, so we moved on for now.
We arrived in Coos Bay with plenty of time to spare. It was great to see Ryan again. What a guy he is! We are so proud of him. He works hard at school to keep up his end of the bargain for the full scholarship he received. And in the summer he is a fishing guide on the Kenai River, out of Soldotna, Alaska. He is his father's son you know! Runs in their blood, LOL....
By the way, Jim is doing terrific after both of his cancer surgery's this year. In case you missed the YouTube video shot in June 2009, for the Alan Warren Outdoors TV Show, I'm including the link to it. In it, you'll see Greg Flake catch a beautiful rainbow trout. Jim has been asked to participate in several more TV shows and of course, is thrilled. In fact, he's just recently finished filming another show. Not to brag 'too much', but our son is thought by many to be the best guide on the Kenai River. Ryan is also in the video, working hard along with dad! It's only about 4 minutes long, so check it out!Kenai Rainbow Trout