John & Anne Wiley

2013/01/09

Both Sides

We’ve seen Point Conception Light from both sides now. Today I managed to finally get permission (thanks, Dave!) to enter the restricted airspace over and to the West of the light. Such a powerful experience it was to fly in this place!

2819 Passing Normal

2819 Passing Normal

Passing where we can normally go, the colors and sights instantly went from breathtaking into the realm of magic. First off, with full zoom at full resolution I can make out the year 1881 stamped into that gray concrete emblem above the door.

2892 Looking Back

2892 Looking Back

Now in terms of human activity here at the Western Gate as the ancients called it, 1881 is yesterday. But it gets you looking back. Circling around it, we could see more deeply into the place.

2860 Looking Deeper

2860 Looking Deeper

Out over the water we looked at the sea caves carved in the rock below the light by billions of pounding waves.

2842 Sea Caves

2842 Sea Caves

 

With our new perspective we could also see out to the islands in another transcendent panorama beyond this side few people get to see.

2806 Forbidden View

2806 Forbidden View

We felt altered by this brief flight, and it will take some time to process our memories and look thru our pix. I hope we can find words and images to share more of it with you!

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