Along the coast south of Tillamook, we found a number of interesting lighthouses.
Some are pretty, some are stalwart, and some are historic.
Probably all of them are historic, because they date back to a time when much of the navigating by mariners was visual.
These days, electronic signals provide GPS information that is more accurate…and feeds into the navigation systems on today’s boats.
Still, several of these lighthouses continue to provide a beam of light out on the edge of the continental shore.
Interestingly, just a few miles away is the Yaquina Bay lighthouse, looking more like a house than a lighthouse. Its utility was to contain the residence for the keeper of the light within the structure of the light tower…possible because it was located on the edge of town (Newport), safely up high and away from the ocean’s fury.