The Cambrian

Piedras Blancas Light Station all decked out for ‘Peek at the Past’

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.

The BLM representatives gave appreciation certificates and engraved belt buckles to Piedras volunteers involved for a dozen years or more.