The Bellingham Podcast
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Pacific Northwest aficionados, AJ Barse and Chris Powell are your hosts each week talking about their views and interests in technology, travel, gear and watches. Recorded in Bellingham or on location (typically in their favorite local coffee establishments) in City of Subdued Excitement. Bellingham Washington. This show is also available on-air on Bellingham's KMRE 102.3FM.Read more »
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Ep. 88 "PNW Lighhouse Points" #outdoors (Urban Hiker Grand Tour)
2 days ago
The Urban Hiker's Grand Tour continues! We hear the latest hike to #GetOutThere - Chuckanut Ridge Trail (https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/chuckanut-ridge-trail), lower ridge trail in Larrabee State Park territory from Chris. And AJ sheds some light on hiking around some of our Washington State Lighthouses...AND a birthday! Also, we will be off the air for two weeks, rejoining you all August 11.
The lead in:
Washington State Parks Foundation- guest writer: https://waparks.org/pacific-northwest-lighthouse-adventures-with-wspf-photographer-aj-barse/
LighthouseFriends.com (http://lighthousefriends.com/) - think the WTA of Lighthouses “This site includes photographs, directions, histories, and GPS coordinates garnered while personally visiting every lighthouse in the United States and nearly every lighthouse in Canada.”
*A*_*dmiralty Head Light, Fort Casey, Whidbey Island (Origionally named Red Bluff Light http://www.historylink.org/File/5710 *_
_*Point Wilson Light (Port Townsand)http://lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=108*_
Point Wilson's first lighthouse was built in 1879 by the United States Lighthouse Service (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Lighthouse_Service) as a companion to the
Admiralty Head Light (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Admiralty_Head_Light) built some 18 years earlier on the eastern side of Admiralty Inlet. A square wooden tower projecting from the roof of a two-story, Cape Cod–style keeper’s quarters held a fixed fourth-order Fresnel lens (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fresnel_lens). The station also included a fog signal building with 12-inch, steam-powered fog whistle. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point_Wilson_Light#cite_note-histlink-5)
High tides and stormy weather occasionally took their toll on the sandy beach (http://www.lighthousefriends.com/ptwilsontw2.jpg) on which the tower was built. In 1886, a picket fence, 5 feet high and 440 feet long, was built across the low part of the spit to catch drifting sound and build up the area where a breach seemed likely.
The current lighthouse was completed in 1914, but the original lighthouse, minus its tower, continued to serve as a residence (http://www.lighthousefriends.com/PointWilson_1916_dwelling.jpg) for the keepers. The new lighthouse (http://www.lighthousefriends.com/PointWilson_1916_cg.jpg) features a forty-nine-foot concrete tower, built in an octagonal shape to reduce wind pressure, which projects upward from a fog signal building.
The station was automated in 1976- remains in the hands of the U.S. Coast Guard (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Coast_Guard), while the grounds are managed by Washington State Parks (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_State_Parks).
Movies - Die Hard, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and They Live
Music - Rap hits the mainstream with NWA, Public Enemy, and a cast of thousand OGs
News - NAFTA genesis, Dukakis/Bentsen v. Bush/Quayle in presidential election, CDs outsell vinyl for first time in history
Sports - Redskins d. Broncos, Dodgers d. Athletics, Calgary winter olympics featured the Jamaican bobsled team (Cool Runnings)
*AJ*: patreon.com/ajbarse (http://patreon.com/ajbarse) or follow on Instagram (http://instagram.com/ajbarse) @ajbarse AND an all new www.ajbarse.com (http://www.ajbarse.com/)
*Chris*: mnmltek.micro.blog (https://mnmltek.micro.blog/) or chrispowell.co (http://www.chrispowell.co/)
*Twitter Hashtags*: #bhampodcast and #quietconversation
If you're in the Bellingham area, be sure to listen to our show on KMRE 102.3 FM (http://www.kmre.org/bellingham-podcast-media-tech/) Thursdays @ 9:00 am and Saturdays @ 1:30 pm.
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