Fresnel Lens Tour at Point Cabrillo Light Station
Tuesday, May 1st, 2007 by nancy

Fresnel Lens at Point CabrilloA “must do” activity this weekend is a trip to the Point Cabrillo Light Station for a guided tour of the Third-Order Fresnel Lens. These tours are led by members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and are offered only a few times each year. I participated in the tour last year, so I can personally recommend it for both the history and the view. After hearing the tales of the lightkeeper’s life and then traversing the stairs, I could only imagine how perilous a job this was. Once out onto the platform, the whistling wind confirmed my impression. However, my breath was taken away not by the brisk wind, but by the stunning view. I can only entice you with photos – they cannot fairly represent the experience. You must go and see for yourself.
View of Frolic Cove from Point Cabrillo

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