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Point Conception/Western Gate

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 COMMENT 363024 helpful negative off topic

2013-01-13 10:19 AM

Thanks for this!

 

 COMMENT 363026 helpful negative off topic

2013-01-13 10:22 AM

That was great!

 

 COMMENT 363029 helpful negative off topic

2013-01-13 10:26 AM

What a wonderful excerpt!

 

 COMMENT 363047 helpful negative off topic

2013-01-13 11:57 AM

What a treat, thanks. Awesome pics. Sad to see the lighthouse in somewhat disaray today. Maybe a community work party is in order.

 

 COMMENT 363051 helpful negative off topic

2013-01-13 12:17 PM

Those look like batteries in the photo from the living room. I bet they didn't have direct power but used generators to recharge the batteries. What an interesting historical peek. Thanks for sharing.

 

 COMMENT 363058 helpful negative off topic

2013-01-13 01:01 PM

As a pair of photographers and lighthouse nuts, my guy and I would LOVE to visit this one. Sure wish tours were offered!

 

 COMMENT 363095P helpful negative off topic

2013-01-13 04:50 PM

I visited this lighthouse several times in the 1990s. On my first visit, some steps were deteriorating, but the last time I went there they had been replaced.

 

 COMMENT 363096P helpful negative off topic

2013-01-13 04:52 PM

Etling - do you know of an actual surf break adjacent to Pt. Conception? Just curious based on the story here.

 

 COMMENT 363124P helpful negative off topic

2013-01-13 07:08 PM

imagine going back up that hillside stairway, in the growing dark!

 

 COMMENT 363144P helpful negative off topic

2013-01-13 08:41 PM

Exceptionally good posting - thank you.

 

 KEVINSB helpful negative off topic

2013-01-13 10:02 PM

Great piece of history you wouldn't likely find elsewhere but edhat! Perhaps you could print a couple for the Maritime Museum though. Neat stuff!

 

 LALALALA helpful negative off topic

2013-01-14 06:13 AM

thank you for this great piece. does anyone know if they still give lighthouse tours?

 

 COMMENT 363195 helpful negative off topic

2013-01-14 07:38 AM

Well back when the bixbys owned the land, one scion was in contact with the CG about restoring the lighthouse and keepers quarters. I fear, alas, that it never will be.

No surf at point C. Closest is government point, perkos, cojo, and t's to the north. The channel runs west/east so Point Concepcion is the "Western Gate". Remember when an LNG terminal was proposed for cojo bay?

 

 COMMENT 363200P helpful negative off topic

2013-01-14 07:49 AM

Thanks to OP for great composition. I have had the fortune of working in the area- and it is most definitely a very spiritual place.
Hope it stays that way.

 

 COMMENT 363202P helpful negative off topic

2013-01-14 07:59 AM

Thanks for an outstanding piece of writing, and interesting photos. Now I want to go, too!

 

 RDH helpful negative off topic

2013-01-14 08:57 AM

Thank you for a very informative article and some wonderful images. I understand that the light house sits on private land but is owned/operated by the Coast Guard. I am sure there are others as interested as I am to visit and photograph this fascinating site, perhaps one could start a petition drive to the Coast Guard to organize some tour for the public.

 

 RED CREEK helpful negative off topic

2013-01-14 08:57 AM

Best article I've read about this specially historic area, complete with great pictures.

Growing up in Lompoc, we almost reverentially talked about the "graveyard" out there. We usually spoke about the ships, didn't know how even the Chumash saw it's potential for death and destruction. The area does have a harsh and wild feel due to the crazy winds.

Can't imagine living out there. Would like to visit though.

 

 COMMENT 363230 helpful negative off topic

2013-01-14 09:21 AM

I thought the lighthouse was off limits to the public

 

 COMMENT 363243P helpful negative off topic

2013-01-14 09:48 AM

It's a wonder that the light has survived so well for 156 years in that tempestuous environment. Must have been quite an exercise to get it there in the first place.

 

 BASENJI MOM helpful negative off topic

2013-01-14 11:15 AM

Totally cool! Thanks for sharing!

 

 COMMENT 363321 helpful negative off topic

2013-01-14 11:53 AM

"Humqaq" The Raven comes...is Pt. Conception`s actual name, & yeah,it`s spiritual alright. In the old days, no Chumash went there except to pray & make offerings. If one looks down the cliff at the semi-circle,they will see a small pond jutting from the rocks [fresh water!] where souls would paint themselves for the journey to Similaksa...there are 2 sets of footprints in there[woman & child]. Very soon,we [Coastal Chumash]will be doing "ceremonies"[free] at Shalawa [Hammonds meadow] & there will be amazing teachings...will post here to give advance notice, if anyone`s interested?

 

 BECKY helpful negative off topic

2013-01-14 11:56 AM

Wonderfully descriptive writing about a fascinating place. Thank you for taking us there. I join the others above in wistfully wishing we could visit...

 

 COMMENT 363466 helpful negative off topic

2013-01-14 05:39 PM

This is beautiful - have you put it in book form? Would be great coupled with some of John Wiley's photos that follow.

 

 COMMENT 363230 helpful negative off topic

2013-01-15 01:41 PM

@ 321 yes please let us know I would love to attend. Do you have to be a member of the Chumash tribe to attend?

 

 COMMENT 364161P helpful negative off topic

2013-01-16 03:22 PM

You can catch similarly great stories in Bill's book, "Sideways in Neverland," chronicling the people and places of the beautiful Central Coast. It's a must read for any local - find it on Amazon in paperback, hard cover, or for your Kindle.

 

 COMMENT 363321 helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 10:28 AM

@753...Heck NO one does not need to be a tribe member to attend!!...that`s why I`m telling you guys on Edhat...because I want non-Natives to come & help us rebuild Shalawa, to participate in the ceremonies & help us re-balance the land again. I will post on Edhat in subject lines that pertain to what we`re doing so you will know when to attend...all are welcome.
Coyote.

 

 COMMENT 363230 helpful negative off topic

2013-01-22 09:38 AM

@ coyote... Great Thanks! I actually do have some apache in me but its pretty much impossible to prove. It's very unfortunate for people like me who do have some Native American in them but have no way of proving it (documents) and are thus left out from cultural ceremonies. I'm not looking for $ just a chance to learn more about my heritage.

 

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