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Heceta Head Lighthouse - Oregon's Iconic Pacific Coast Light
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13 miles north of Florence, Oregon just past the Sea Lion Caves, Heceta Head Light is perched dramatically on the edge of a sea cliff 205 feet above the Pacific Ocean.
You get to go up to the top, take in a little history, and view the huge First Order Fresnel lens which, after dark, shoots 8 beams of light out into the darkness. If you drive by the lighthouse on a foggy night it is very easy to distinguish all eight of these beams as they rotate in the darkness. Visible for over 21 miles it is the brightest light along the entire Oregon coast.
Heceta Head is one of the most stunning lighthouses in the world whether you pronounce it "Ha - SEE - Ta'' the way most Oregonians do, or "HECK - ah - Ta'' by others. Bring binoculars to watch puffins, gulls, and other birds and the antics of the 7,000 long-necked, black Brandt's cormorants that roost April through August on the rocks below the railed yard.
March 7th, 2011
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