Our first Port Orford destination was the Lifeboat Museum. The site was once one of the US Coast Guard’s rescue stations that stood ready to help those in distress out in the Pacific. Because the ocean is so treacherous, every rescue carried a high risk that the Coast Guard sailors and the people they went to rescue may not make it back. In the winter, the winds can reach 100 mph and the waves must get incredibly high. The amount of effort that went into construction of this rescue station, the boathouse, dock, and the 500+ steps down to the boat house shows just how tough and dedicated everyone was. I can’t even imagine what it had to be like going down the steps on a dark night and the cold soaking they had to endure. The museum and grounds are a must see, I also enjoyed finding some of the nearby Geocaches here. The website has great information if you want to see more photos and information at http://www.capeblancoheritagesociety.com/port-orford-lifeboat-station/
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