A State of Mind
Point Cabrillo Light is a lighthouse in northern California, between Point Arena and Cape Mendocino, just south of the community of Caspar. It has been a federal aid to navigation since 1909. It is part of the California state park system. The preserve occupies a spectacular headland thrusting out into the Pacific Ocean. Park and walk the half-mile down the access road to explore the Light Station. It is comprised of the lighthouse and three original lightkeepers' houses and outbuildings.
By nature, most lighthouses are isolated. As for how keepers cope with what others might consider a too-extreme form of social isolation, keepers say you find community—and stave off loneliness―more in shared interests than physical proximity. Photo © copyright by Robert Faucher.