Truly a memorable week-end. Both Ginger and I enjoyed meeting with everyone. And much to my surprise, Ginger is really looking forward to seeing everyone again at the next event! It just goes to show you, after 34 years of marriage you think you know you're partner well. My bad for trying to second guess on whether or not she would enjoy this!
Because of this forum and our common love of the SLK, even those I had never met seemed like long time friends. The scenery was breathtaking, the weather was beautiful (on the way home the temperatures varied from 100ş in Willits, to 58ş through San Francisco and many temperature points inbetween). We had lots of laughs along the way, the comments from on-lookers was always fun, and needless to say though it's long over due, I will be starting that diet today!
There were so many "good photographers" that were taking pictures. So, not to be redundant I will refrain from sharing most of mine. But yesterday on the way home, Ginger and I pit-stopped at what became one of the highlights of the trip for us!
In 1971 when our daughter was 2 years old, along with her first husband who is now deceased, her husband was in the Coast Guard where he was stationed at the Point Cabrillo Light House in Fort Bragg. Together, they all lived there during his one year assignment. During this time, there were three Guards with their families living at the light house. Each guard performed an 8 hour shift logging Zulu times and events, whilst maintaining the facility. Come to find out, this was the last year that the light house was "manned" as technology made it possible to operate the light house remotely via electrical technology.
Today, the light house remains functional and is a California Historic Land Mark and State Park. The grounds are run, operated and being restored by volunteers in the preservation of the Cabrillo Station. The Light House was built in 1909 to protect logging ships that sailed the region from California's rocky shores. The living quarters still remain, along with the storage buildings which are still under restoration. We met some State Park Attendants while there who graciously opened up the house that my wife and daughter lived in, allowing us to look around and share her memories! Although pretty much gutted and under restoration, Ginger knew every nook and cranny of the quaint, two story cottage.
Although we are still fairly young and only in our late 50's, it was strange (but fun) learning that she was a part of this great state's history. Here are the pictures of the Point Cabrillo Light House that I took.
A picture showing the residence quarters and the light house on the cliffs
This sign was in front of the cottage that they lived in:
Ginger walking in front of the cottage where she once lived:
Another shot of the cottage:
And now a few pics. of the actual light house. One picture complements of Google Images found on the web.