Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth

Point Reyes Lighthouse


As you know, since I know you’re hanging on my every word lol, we went to Point Reyes, California.  The day was gorgeous.  There were clouds but sun too which is always nice, and the fog was breaking away.  Point Reyes is very windy by the way because it’s right on the coast and juts out into the ocean.  The part of Point Reyes we were going to see was the Lighthouse there.  It was one of those situations where you couldn’t just drive up to the lighthouse and park.  You had to park a ways from it and hike in.  This was a good test for my knee replacement!

It was WINDY!!!!!!  Wow!  I think the Ranger said it was 36 mph winds and it usually averages 40 mph.  It’s the windiest location on the west coast!  Thank goodness I know to always dress warmly and with a breaker when going to the coast, so i was prepared.

It’s only a half mile hike to the top of the Lighthouse steps and we saw breathtaking views of the Point Reyes coastline….

Point Reyes Shoreline

We arrived at the lighthouse and I realized that there was this 30-story staircase I had to go down to get to the lighthouse!  I still have one bad knee so my hubby asked me if I’d be able to handle it.  There were yellow signs warning of the strenuous hike, lol.  Sorry, this picture is terrible and was quickly taken on the iPhone but I had to include it here…


I looked down and made the decision to give it a whirl.  I went on a wing and a prayer.  Going down was hard on my left knee (the one that needs replacing still)….ouch it hurt.  In this picture we were almost halfway down and you can see my hubby in the green jacket carrying my bag and tripod, lol.


Only a little bit more to go, LOL….


Almost there!


Yay!  I did it!  Geeez…I am completely out of shape!  Fortunately it was worth it.  I did manage to squeeze myself into a small area where the wind was blocked and I took a “short” long exposure with my 8 stop ND filter.

Long Exposure

I couldn’t take any pictures going back up those steps.  Trust me, it was hard.  My knee was killing me and I tweaked my back on the way up because of it.  You know it’s bad when people older than you are passing you along the way!  haha!

Initially the entire purpose of this blog was to share the journey of my right knee replacement, but the saga continues as I just had an appointment with my orthopedic doctor to confirm the need for the left knee replacement which will be scheduled for January as soon as the office calls me back.  I’m done with this!  There are too many things I’d like to see in my life to be constrained by my crummy knees.

This trip was well worth it though.  I love our coastal areas here in California.  It just feels like home.  🙂

Author: lauramacky

Journey of a Body on this Earth

22 thoughts on “Point Reyes Lighthouse

  1. Congratulations on making the trip and deciding that enough was enough – time to replace the other knee. My wife, Jane Ingram Allen, decided not go down those steps. She has knee problems from painting large canvases on the floor. I like your photos of the Point Reyes light house and stairs. I took the tour and got some photos inside the light house. One of those is on my blog and it was taken July 25, 2013.

  2. Totally recognized this spot. I have this exact same photo…somewhere…;) Nice photo!

  3. Thank you both for your comments. I did have the little “tour” of the lighthouse…which translates to standing in a tiny room, lol. I took some iphone shots there but I was too tired to take any with my camera. I’ll have to check out your blog and look at the pics. Thanks!

  4. WOW, that coastline picture is AMAZING! It should be hanging on a wall somewhere. Looks like we will be TKR buddies again, I am also waiting on the dr’s office to call back with a surgery date. Due to my job it will probably need to be Feb, but since I have made the decision to go ahead I can not wait to get it over with and start the recovery! I am thinking the second time will be easier for both of us since we know what to expect.

  5. Absolutely gorgeous. My knees (and I still have both) would have gone on strike at those stairs. We went on a roadtrip once and visited Moonlight Head (on Australia’s coastline). There were 355 stairs to get down to the beach and then back up. I could barely walk the next day after doing that but don’t regret one minute of doing it. 😉

  6. Your pics are beautiful! Will be thinking of you in Jan! How did your good knee feel? I have been doing the stair stepper for an hour this week. Before my TKR it was the only thing I could do but been the elliptical since them. My gym is remodeling so we are using a different gym and the elliptical s are super old and hurt my knee..

    • The good knee felt great! It’s nice and strong! Thanks for the well wishes….and the compliments on my pics. It’ll be hard not taking pics for so long while I’m recovering. Do you need the other one done?

  7. No I don’t thank goodness! It only bothers me sometimes… I hurt the one had done skiing and them running miles on it…

  8. Wow, that “strenuous effort” sign is a riot! If I were to have seen that, I would have turned around right away – or sat at the nearest bench and told everyone else I’d wait for them when they come back down. Haha! Great pics!

  9. I love going to this lighthouse. It is quite a climb. Your picture of the lantern room and clouds is spectacular!

  10. We went out to Point Reyes many years ago and were overwhelmed by the beauty and ruggedness of the area. You captured it beautifully!

  11. Cool! When we drove there, we just stopped at the Olema Farmhouse Restaurant before continuing on our journey. My dad was driving, so we were lucky to get any stops in at all! 😀

    • Yay, glad you could finally see these. I’ve not been to that restaurant but have wanted to go. I love that area so much. It’s across the bay from us and takes awhile to get to with the traffic but it is so worth it! I’m laughing at what you said about your dad! I thought that was you driving!!!

    • Wow I thought I replied but now I don’t see it. I’m laughing about what you said about your dad. I thought that was YOU driving in the picture you shared on your blog! Thanks for checking this out. 🙂

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