October 27, 2001
Arrived at 0600 – greeted at the fence by
jolly departing Keepers. We
are 4 new Keepers, Arlyn & Les Kerr of Snoqualmie and Patti
& Tom Ray of Mt Gilead, Ohio.
Daybreak grey & light rain.
Toured & explored grounds, walked beach – we are here!
Clouds broke at high tide – about 2 PM –
Sun worked its way out by 4 PM.
2 visitors hiked in, toured lighthouse & headed back
down spit. We were
really excited to see them!
3 ships today – Ming Orchid of Yang Ming
Line heading East, and another heading west at sunset.
Spotted 3 Gumboat Chitons on beach today.
Sunset was beautiful, stars are out, sea is
calm – moon is out.
Best part of the day – raising and lowering
our flag – it’s official – we are lighthouse Keepers.
October 28, 2001
Having set the clocks back last night for
Standard Time, we were greeted at 7 AM by a lovely sunrise; the
lighthouse tower glowed pink.
The weather was beautiful all day – sunny and clear.
Mt. Baker, the Cascades, and the Olympics were spectacular.
As the sun set, an enormous full moon rose over Cascade
peaks bathed in rosy alpenglow.
Considering how nice the day was, we were surprised to
receive only four visitors. Two
were regulars who hike the trail frequently, while the other two
were interested in touring the lighthouse.
In addition, two friendly Fish & Wildlife employees
came out on the ATVs.
We watched a Trident submarine with its Coast Guard escort
vessel pass by, and we monitored bridge-to-bridge traffic between
the submarine and an overtaking container ship.
Les observed a signal flare exercise that took place at
Ediz Hook in Port Angeles.
Patti celebrated her birthday today, and the magic setting
of the lighthouse, the gorgeous weather, and the events of the day
combined to make it a memorable one.
October 29, 2001
Another beautiful sunrise.
The weather was fine all day, capped by a spectacular
sunset, fiery red and purple.
A group of five women from Vashon hiked out, and four took
the tour. We saw
another submarine, as well as a kayaker and three tugs hauling
Arlyn and Les hiked out two miles, saw lots of birds:
widgeons, bufflehead. Harlequin ducks, grebes, Brant, cormorants,
and mergansers. Also one sea lion and one harbor seal, although Patti and Tom
(the early risers) see lots of seals every morning.
We’ve enjoyed reading through this log, seeing what
everyone else has experienced.
Feeling a bit guilty that we’re not working as hard as
many groups – we’re just giving tours, picking up trash from
the beaches, and watering the lawn, so far.
Entertainment consists of reading, watching videos, playing
cards, doing a jigsaw puzzle, taking walks, photography, and
reveling in the beauty and solitude and peacefulness.
October 30, 2001
Up at 4:30 AM – overcast sky –
No wind all day.
This was a cleaning day – top to bottom cleaning house.
Mopped lighthouse, cleaned brass and windows. Patti washed sidewalks free of bird “Do-Do”.
A varied thrush crashed into the dining room window and was
killed. We had a
burial at sea.
Tom spent day observing the seals and Patti, Arlyn and Les
enjoyed cards for a few hours.
We had full moon and a very low tide that we all enjoyed at
October 31, 2001
A deep trough passed through the area shortly after
midnight this morning, bringing with it gale force winds and gusts
to 50 mph. We awoke
to a beautiful sunrise, and we were treated to a rare and
spectacular multiple rainbow that looked something like this:
[sketch of lighthouse, primary rainbow, reflected rainbow,
secondary rainbow, and reflected secondary]
Unlike a normal double rainbow, the primary and secondary
rainbows each had another arc emanating from the same points on
the horizon but rising higher in the sky.
These were probably caused by the reflected image of the
sun rising over the calm water.
The rainbow lasted from 7 to 8 AM.
Tom and Patti saw an elephant seal among the harbor seals,
as well as some surf scoters.
Les called in our weekly inventory report.
Clear skies this evening gave us a great view of the full
moon, which was not only a blue moon (the second full moon in the
same month) but it was the first time in 46 years for a full moon
on Halloween. We were
surprised to have a trick-or-treater knock on our door around 6
PM. She was dressed
as a ghost, and we gave her a bag of Milk Duds.
(Unfortunately, Arlyn had gone for a walk, so she missed
November 1, 2001
Another lovely day. The
TV weather report keeps talking about rain in this area, but our
little spot seems to get mostly sunshine.
The guys mowed the lawn today, although it wasn’t very
long, and Patti again washed the seagull poop from the walks.
A Coast Guard boat hung out to the northeast most of the
Arlyn came across a baby seal resting on the beach just
before the “mile 4” sign.
It was about two feet long, cream-colored with brown spots.
Arlyn sat on a log 10’ away for 15 minutes.
The seal didn’t seem to mind at all, and dozed off,
occasionally opening its eyes and looking at Arlyn, finding a more
comfortable position, and going back to the nap.
In the evening Bill and Dianne and Annette Johnston drove
in some new furnishings: lamps, mirrors, bedspreads, Christmas
The waves brought some driftwood into the entry to the
station, so we moved it out of the way.
November 2, 2001
Today was a chore day: repaired one of the yard lights on
the lighthouse; emptied the gray-water tank; mounted pictures and
two new clocks on the wall; fixed the shower knob in the upstairs
bathtub; checked all fire extinguishers; took photos of the new
kitchen cubbies and the carpeting up the stairs; washed all the
bathmats; ran tests on the stereo to diagnose a problem with low
volume in the left speaker.
It was another lovely day.
Tom and Patti saw the baby seal, this time swimming with
its mother. Patti and Arlyn saw strange tracks in the sand.
When the ranger came later, she said they were otter
tracks. She also said
that the reason we have not seen eagles is because they’re
eating salmon at the nearby rivers.
November 3, 2001
Last day in paradise – up early to witness another
spectacular sunrise – calm, partly cloudy – then clearing this
rangers visited. We
sighted a bald eagle in the distance at the end of the spit. All chores completed in readiness for new keepers this PM.
Twenty visitors for lunch; 14 took tour of lighthouse.
Later, four visitors from Sequim by skiff.
Total donations for week $25.25.
Seven dollars (1x5, 2x1) left in donation box.
We all enjoyed the artesian well water – none better
tasting or clearer anywhere – can we bottle and sell it in
Washington to support our lighthouse?