We were told we were their only visitors for the day as we toured the New Dungeness Lighthouse (the “old” one happens to be in Scotland). Maybe it was because it is an 11-1/2 mile walk along the wave-slapped shore of the Dungeness Spit to get there and back, but we sure had a GREAT time!
The wind was blowing, waves of tide were rolling in and it was raining as we hit the narrow strip of beach along the longest coastal spit in the continental United States.
As we approached our final destination, the keeper of the lighthouse came out to greet us.
Families volunteer for a week at a time to be lighthouse keepers. They and their guests get to stay in the furnished house by the lighthouse and when visitors hike out, their job is to give them a tour.
Our private tour took us all the way up to the top of the lighthouse.
After touring the lighthouse, we were escorted to a warm, dry building with a bench where we sat and ate our lunch before making the long hike back along the spit to the trailhead.
More information about the Dungeness Spit hike can be found on the Washington Trails Association website here – http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/dungeness-national-wildlife-refuge.