Friday, August 12, 2016

Oregon Coast Lighthouse #3

Blogger friends,

It has been quite a week for my family. My older daughter, while on vacation in Wisconsin, suffered a mild stroke on August 1. Because of her nursing knowledge (nurse practitioner) and some cool heads among her friends, she was life flighted to a stroke center in Duluth, MN. Now a week later, she has no serious residual effects except for some sensation issues in her hand and face. Praise the Lord for that! They have found the source of the stroke in one of her carotid arteries, so she is now seeing doctors to find out what if anything can be done except to be on anti-cholesterol drugs and such. She is seeing a vascular surgeon and will have some decisions to make going forward. For those of you who follow me, this is Carson's mom. He is only nine. Since she is on "house arrest" as she calls it, I'm spending time with her to keep her from running at her usual 90 miles per hour!

This is the third lighthouse we visited on our tour south on the Oregon Coast. It's called the Umpqua Lighthouse. Here's the write up on Wikipedia:


Located at the mouth of Winchester Bay, Oregon, the first Umpqua River Light was built in 1855 and lit in 1857. Built along the river channel, the original light was vulnerable to seasonal flooding. This led to yearly erosion of the sand embankment of the light. In October 1863, the building's foundations had become too unstable and the structure soon collapsed. Before its collapse, the Light House Board had foreseen the need to build a new light at the location. However, it was 1888 before Congress approved of a construction of a new light.[1]
Construction started on the new light in 1892, and it was first lit in 1894. Built at the same time as Heceta Head Light, it was built from the same plans and is virtually identical to its more northern sister.[2] Unlike its predecessor, the new light had several advantages over the original light. Built 100 feet (30 m) above the river, the new light was safe from flooding. This was partly due to the Light House Board's insistence that ships be able to plot a course based on visible lighthouses. The original light was not visible at sea and was only usable as an aid to ships approaching the river. The new light used a clockwork mechanism to rotate the Fresnel lens, and was eventually automated in 1966. The rotation mechanism served in the light for 89 years before it finally broke down and was removed. The Coast Guard, in charge of the light at this point, wanted to replace the mechanism with a new one. However, strong public outcry forced those plans to be aborted, and in 1985, the old mechanism was returned to its position after being fully restored.[1]
The structure was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.[3]
Visitors can tour the lighthouse and adjacent Coastal History Museum from May through September. The museum is located in a historic U.S. Coast Guard station and features exhibits on the lighthouse, local history and the U.S. Coast Guard history on the Umpqua River.[4]
All lighthouses are beautiful to us. Be sure to watch for the one I post next week, as it is one of my favorites.
Linda Kay

23 comments:

Lea said...

Your daughter will be in my thoughts and prayers.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I am so happy your daughter got help quickly and is recovering. House arrest does not sound like fun but is necessary. Love the lighthouse! Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

prayers and hugs for your daughter.

Michelle F said...

Praying for your daughter.

Thank you for the lighthouse!

Anvilcloud said...

Wishing your daughter well.

Betsy Adams said...

I am so sorry to hear about your daughter. I am glad you can be there to help her now... God Bless her and YOU.

Beautiful lighthouse.

Hugs,
Betsy

Linda W. said...

Sorry to hear about your daughter. Here's wishing for quick healing! And I've visited this lighthouse - it's a beautiful lighthouse but it's surrounded by a bunch of ugly fencing and buildings.

Kailani said...

Very sorry to hear about your daughter, but I rejoice with you that it seems to have been 'best case' in scenario. Your family will be in my prayers.

And I love that lighthouse!

William Kendall said...

The lighthouse is a beauty.

With a stroke, getting to medical help quickly can make all the difference.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

I am so sorry about your older daughter. She is in my prayers. And you, Linda Kay.

Lowcarb team member said...

Oh, Linda so sorry to read about your daughter, may she continue to make a good recovery. She is in my thoughts and prayers.

... I do like the lighthouse

Special thoughts to you and the family

All the best Jan

fishducky said...

My prayers for your daughter!!

Gosia k said...

take care of your daughter

Amy at love made my home said...

So sorry to hear about your daughter but so glad to hear that she is doing so well. I hope that things can be resolved so that she does not have any further worries. Hugs and all good thoughts to you. xx

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Linda, I am so sorry to hear the sad news about your daughter. I hope they find a good and safe remedy for that. How scare for everyone. Sharing the lighthouse is lovely. So much history with the building, Take care and healing thoughts for all.

Mike said...

"she was life flighted"

Are you going to have to sell your new house to help her pay for that?

Rain Trueax said...

Scary on your daughter. Hope the medical people work this out for her

"E.", Beth Edwards , said...

gorgeous lighthouse. i am sorry to hear of your daughter's health issues. i know several folks who have had them, even younger than me. i use to think that stroke very only something that the elderly went through. i am sad to say it can happen to so many. so scary. i pray all will work well and she will mend quickly. even heart attacks have happened to younger folks than myself. our health, & what we do to keep us going is such a key. i guess what works for some doesn't work for others. so so tough. keeping you all in my prayers. i am sure for your daughter it is tough to keep still and just relax, if she is one who goes goes, goes. big big hugs. ( ;

Revrunner said...

We should all have parts that last 89 years. :-)

Denise inVA said...

What a scare for all of you. Keeping your daughter in my thoughts and prayers.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Oh my goodness, but is that ever scary to read. I do hope she'll recover 100% soon, and take time to take care of herself.

Hugs to Carson too. And you, I send along a warm comforting hug to you too!!

Jeanne said...

Hello Linda Kay, I am so sorry to hear of your daughters Stroke. Thank goodness there was some quick thinking getting her help right away. I am so glad she is doing so well.

The Lighthouse is very nice and interesting as well. I always take photos of lighthouses when I see them. I have a fascination about them. There was a lighthouse in South Haven where we vacationed in MI.

Have a great week and I pray your daughter will make the right decision about treatment.
xo, Jeanne

Katy Mei Kuen WW said...

Hello Linda, so sorry to hear about your daughters storke. I wish her a speedy recovery. Mei

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