On a day to celebrate discovering the glories of the California coast and its lighthouses, the real honorees at a Piedras Blancas event Aug. 9 were those who volunteer their time and efforts on behalf of coastal resources.
In the morning, period-costumed docents took 122 guests on a special “Peek at the Past” living history tour at the Piedras Blancas Light Station, in honor of National Lighthouse Day.
The docents then joined special guests for a celebration in the historic station’s Fog Signal Building, including James Kenna, state director of the Bureau of Land Management. The bureau owns and operates the station on a rocky promontory about 15 scenic miles north of Cambria.
Also attending were Jim Boucher, light station park manager; Greg Haas on behalf of Rep. Lois Capps; Gabe Garcia and John Skibinski, respectively field office manager and associate field manager from BLM’s Bakersfield office; SLO County Supervisor Bruce Gibson; and Nick Franco, superintendent of the State Parks district that includes Hearst San Simeon State Park, which flanks both sides of the light station property.
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The BLM representatives gave appreciation certificates and engraved belt buckles to Piedras volunteers involved for a dozen years or more.