John & Anne Wiley

2015/07/21

The Point

We’ve never been out to the light at Point Sur, and that part of the drive along the flat is less striking to me. But now that we more often fly this route than drive it, this is one of many great vistas.

5617 Pt. Sur to Carmel

5617 Pt. Sur to Carmel

I’d assumed this installation on the flat to be associated with the light station, but in researching this series of pix discovered it’s the Point Sur SOSUS Naval Facility. I quite enjoyed reading that wiki about it, though from the air it doesn’t look like much these days.

5615 USN SOSUS Point Sur

5615 USN SOSUS Point Sur

By contrast, this beautiful old two-story stone keeper’s house out at the light looks really cool!

5603 Keeper of the Light

5603 Keeper of the Light

Down at the tip of the hill, the current Point Sur Lighthouse is of course truly magnificent and is still useful even in this era of GPS and other electronic aids to navigation. Now it mostly evokes a time when stoic tireless crews operating this beacon were honored for the lives they saved.

5608 Point Sur Light

5608 Point Sur Light

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