New Dungeness Lighthouse
Keeper's Log

Saturday, October 27, 2001

2 visitors
0 donations

     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.

—Patti


Sunday, October 28, 2001

4 visitors
25˘ donations

     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.

—Les


Monday, October 29, 2001

4 visitors
0 donations

     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 logbooms.
     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.

—Arlyn


Tuesday, October 30, 2001

0 visitors
0 donations

     Up at 4:30 AM – overcast sky – calm seas.  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 8:00 AM.

—Tom


Wednesday, October 31, 2001

0 visitors
0 donations

     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 the excitement.)

—Les


Thursday, November 1, 2001

0 visitors
0 donations

     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 day.
     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 ornaments, etc.
     The waves brought some driftwood into the entry to the station, so we moved it out of the way.

—Arlyn


Friday, November 2, 2001

0 visitors
0 donations

     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.

—Les


Saturday, November 3, 2001

24 visitors
$25 donations

     Last day in paradise – up early to witness another spectacular sunrise – calm, partly cloudy – then clearing this afternoon.  Two 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?

—Patti