Thursday, August 25, 2011

The New Dungeness Lighthouse, Sequim, Washington

At the end of the 5.5 mile Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge is the New Dungeness Lighthouse, which is still in operation and managed by a group of volunteers from the New Dungeness LightStation Association.  When we arrived for our tour, a new family had just arrived for their weekly shift.  They told us that they were driven out at low tide the night before (which happened to be midnight) and dropped off for the week – at a price of $300 per person (so it’s not a free volunteering gig). Each lighthouse keeper is responsible for bringing their own food and supplies for the week, giving the tours of the lighthouse, maintaining the lighthouse and residential house, maintenance of the grass, and cleaning the public restroom (one).  This family had been on the waitlist for three years to get a week in the summer where they could live at the lighthouse for a week, so if you’re interested, it’s best to plan way ahead!  The compensation for a lighthouse keeper – incredible views – not only of the Dungeness Bay and Straight of Juan de Fuca, but of Mount Baker as well on a clear day.

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