As I was driving South down Highway 1, along the coast towards Big Sur (BTW, this is without a doubt one of the most spectacular roads anywhere in America), I came across a lighthouse that sits atop a large rock. The rock is connected to the coast by a flat spit of land, as if the rock was pulled away from the coast line and the flat was the skid mark that was left.
Sitting atop this rock is a lighthouse and some buildings that appear to be from the early 1900’s, most likely the caretaker’s house and some maintenance buildings. It’s just a really cool visual.
It got me thinking about how remote the place is now, but how even more remote it must have been for the caretaker a hundred or more years ago. That, in turn, got me to wonder about the idea of lighthouses in space — could they or would they exist, and what would it be like to be the caretaker?