Saturday, April 9, 2011

Oregon, USA

A very nice lighthouse postcard.

This is the Yaquina Head lighthouse on the Oregon Coastline, more precisely in Newport. It is said that it can be a spooky place on a dark, cold, windy night. Ghosts lurking, ship compasses not working.
The history of Yaquina is as shrouded in mystery as the cape is in foul weather. A persistent myth is that the lighthouse was mistakenly constructed in the wrong location, but mislabeled government survey documents seem to be responsible for this historical inaccuracy. In any case, Yaquina Head Light was built just north of Yaquina Bay Light, dooming the smaller tower to obsolesence.

Today the lighthouse is the centerpiece of Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, and is one of the most-visited lights on the west coast, with over 400,000 visitors each year.

well, in strong winds and rough seas, this definitely doesnt seem as the most comfortable place to be stuck in...but I guess thats what makes it even more beautiful and appealing....

here come the famous clock stamp, while the other two were issued in 2009, depicting playing here are the queen and the king...of hearts :)

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