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Point Reyes Lighthouse At Point Reyes National Seashore Ca
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Point Reyes Light, the windiest and foggiest on the Pacific Coast, is located on the Point Reyes Peninsula across the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, northern California. Its first-order Fresnel lens was first lit on December 1, 1870.
During certain times of the year it can get so foggy and windy at Point Reyes light station, that one cannot see the lighthouse from the top of the approximately 300 steps necessary to walk down to reach it. Few years pass that do not see violent gales of 75 to 100 mph (121 - 161 km/h) strike Point Reyes.
Point Reyes Lighthouse serves a great purpose in such a foggy area, as there is no beach to wash up on but just a rocky cliff. Day or night, the light may be the only thing visible to ships.
March 12th, 2011
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