The Two Lighthouses of Whidbey Island

by Debby Jagerman-Dungan
( November 28th, 2014 )

Q: What did the ocean say to the lighthouse?
A: Nothing; it just waved.

Admiralty Head Lighthouse

Q: What kind of house weighs very little?
A: A light house!

Q: What do you call a lighthouse with the lights turned off?
A: A dark house.

Admiralty Head Lighthouse Whidbey Island Washington

Q: What is my new item on my Bucket List?
A: To visit all of the lighthouses in the state of Washington.

Traveling Library Lighthouses

Each time I visit I lighthouse, I learn something new about what life was like for the light keepers and their families. At Admiralty Head Lighthouse, I learned about Traveling Libraries. They are boxes filled with books that were delivered to the light keepers in the mid- to late-1800’s due to the isolated life at many lighthouses around the country. Rotating every few months from lighthouse to lighthouse, the libraries were filled with classics, fiction, and even technical and educational materials so that the light keepers and their families could enjoy a variety reading subjects. At the time, 700 of these Traveling Libraries were in circulation, with dozens of books each. What a great concept!

Admiralty Head Lighthouse Coupeville WA

Located a ferry ride away from Seattle on Whidbey Island, Admiralty Head Lighthouse, in Fort Casey State Park, overlooks Puget Sound, with views of the water and the Olympic Mountains beyond. The original lighthouse was actually called Red Bluff Lighthouse, built of wood, and became operational in 1861. This was replaced in 1903 by the Spanish-style building seen today, made out of brick and stucco, a unique building, rather than made out of concrete. (If I may point out, please note the shadow of the lighthouse tower against the building in the above pictures.)

Admiralty Head Lighthouse Whidbey Island

Admiralty Head Lighthouse Fort Casey State Park

Many lighthouses, like Admiralty Head, are open to the public to go inside, see refurbished rooms of the keeper’s quarters, some decorated as if it were fifty or a hundred or more years ago, climb the tower to see the Fresnel lens, and even shop in a gift store. However, some lighthouses are not open to the public, and can only be viewed from a distance. Such is the Bush Point Lighthouse also on Whidbey Island.

Bush Point Lighthouse Whidbey Island

This lighthouse was originally a private light owned by a local family, the Farmers, who each night would hang a kerosene lamp from wooden gallows. There is a really cool picture of this old lighthouse at this Washington Rural Heritage/South Whidbey Heritage link. I have never seen a “lighthouse” such as this.

Bush Point Lighthouse Whidbey Island Washington

The current Bush Point Lighthouse was built in 1933, where the light sits on top of a 20-foot blue and white pyramidal concrete tower. No keeper’s quarters, no tower to climb, no gift shop. In either case though, I love seeing either kind of lighthouse.

Bush Point Lighthouse

I have a list of lighthouses in Washington State from the website, “Lighthouse Friends,” which shows that there are 27 lighthouses in the state of Washington. With visiting these two lighthouses of Whidbey Island this summer, and one it Tacoma (my next blog), I have now seen or visited 13 of them so far, including the one where we got married. About half way to my Bucket List goal, I have 14 more lighthouses in the state of Washington to go!

Bush Point Lighthouse No Trespassing

Sweet Travels!

Here is a link to all the other blogs I have written on lighthouses, including Burrows Island Lighthouse where I did some volunteer work, New Dungeness where we walked 10 miles round trip on a sand spit to visit, West Point Lighthouse located at one of my favorite places on this planet, several lighthouses in the San Juan Islands, several lighthouses along the Oregon Coast, and Mukilteo Lighthouse where we got married.

Information in this blog about Admiralty Head Lighthouse from:
Lighthouse Friends -Admiralty Head Lighthouse
Washington State University – Admiralty Head Lighthouse

Information in this blog about Bush Point Lighthouse from:
Lighthouse Friends – Bush Point Lighthouse
Northwest Maritime Heritage – Bush Point Lighthouse

Jokes that started blog are from the “Fort Casey State Park’s Keepers Kids Admiralty Head Lighthouse Activity Book.”

Information on Traveling Libraries from a sign on the display of the library in the Admiralty Head Lighthouse.

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Connecting with Horses in the Cotswolds

by Debby Jagerman-Dungan
( November 20th, 2014 )

This blog is dedicated to my husband.

Cotswolds Horses

We thank thee…For swift and gallant horses…For song and kindly voices… – A Cotswold Prayer

Cotswolds Horses.Cotswolds Horses

As my husband and I walked through a quintessential field in the Cotswolds filled with green grass, flowering trees that I have never seen anywhere else, and rolling hills in the background, we were greeting by a herd of horses. Mostly white and grey horses, but one brown horse mixed in, all which made for a great variety of color amongst the green. We slowed down our walking pace to stop and watch these creatures roam the field and graze the grass. My husband was in heaven, as he loves horses.

Cotswolds Horses

Then one of the horses out of the entire herd, a pure white one, seemed to notice us and looked right at us, as you can see in this picture.

Cotswolds Horses

Cotswolds Horses

That horse then walked right up to us. Friendly, calmly, curiously, and seemingly to just want some connection. The other horses paid no attention to us whatsoever.

Cotswolds Horses

Cotswolds Horses

We bonded with this one white horse for some time. Well, my husband did mostly. Petting it, watching it, enjoying its warm, gentle, and gallant presence. If we started to walk off, this horse just followed, as if to say, “You can really stay here for a while with me if you like.” So we did.

Cotswolds Horses

Cotswolds Horses

Eventually we needed to move on, but I know that my husband truly enjoyed this connection with this one horse.

Cotswolds Horses

We encountered horses many other times during our 12 days of walking in the Cotswolds. Sometimes it was just a few horses, other times it was a herd. Sometimes they were in the fields, other times they were in stables or corrals.

Cotswolds Horses

Cotswolds Horses

Each time we came across horses in the Cotswolds, my husband had to stop to connect. I think it brought back memories of the time in his life when he grew up on a horse farm. I’m glad my husband had these experiences with horses in the Cotswolds.

Cotswolds Horses

Cotswolds Horses

And as for me, I am glad our experiences with the horses were much calmer than our incident where a herd of cows, and what I thought were bulls, started following us.

Cotswolds Horses

Cotswolds Horses

We thank thee for those special Friends of man…for the splendid horses, truest companion of man, either in patient toil, or spirited adventure…- The Cotswold Prayer of Praise

Cotswolds Horseshoes

Sweet Travels!


“Till the Cows, and Bulls, Come Home” in the Cotswolds

by Debby Jagerman-Dungan
( November 5th, 2014 )

Cotswolds Cow

My gut told me there was something wrong – that we probably got off our designated path – when my husband and I were walking directly towards a herd of cows. And cows with horns. Oh wait, cows with horns – aren’t those bulls?

Cotswolds Cows

Now mind you, throughout the Cotswolds, there are clearly marked paths and trails and roads that one walks on when crossing the countryside. Written instructions, guidebooks, maps, and directional arrows and signs help guide the way. We had been following our way quite carefully that day. And yes, you are allowed to literally walk through a pasture, whether it be of sheep, or of even cows and bulls. But when you are walking right towards the herd, not on the opposite side of the pasture, yup, something just didn’t seem quite right.

Cotswolds Cows in Pasture

I immediately said to my husband, “Stop! We can’t go this way. This is just not right. Where are we supposed to be? Those cows have horns!” In fact, I panicked. My husband, unhelpful, replied, “Don’t have a cow!”

And then my panic turned into terror when the herd of cows, and bulls, started walking. Right. Towards. Us. “Holy cow!” I exclaimed. “Run!” Now I don’t think you are supposed to run when you are being chased by a bear. Are you supposed to run when being chased by cows or bulls? Well, I guess they do in Pamplona.

I decided that we were going to “take the bull by the horns.” We picked up our pace and started walking back to where we think we got off track. Walking faster, and faster. Looking behind us. They were still coming in our direction.

Cotswolds Holy Cow

Finally, my husband, now being helpful, noticed a gate. With a directional arrow. That we were supposed to go through the gate, and be safely on the other side of the fence. “Whew!” I thought. I practically jumped over the fence to the other side. Kind of like the cow jumping over the moon, I suppose.

Cotswolds Till The Cows Come Home

As the herd of cows, and what I thought were bulls, continued to very slowly stroll on by, my husband took a video of them. I thought his commentary on the video should be, “till the cows, and bulls, come home.” Instead, he actually said, “Fortunately we got them all following us. I’m not sure why. [And I’m not sure why he said ‘fortunately’ at that moment.] They’re all coming. Following the lead male with the white horns. AND he has NO interest in me. Simply going back to the path. Hi, there! [Yes, my husband was talking to them.] Actually that second one is a cow. They’re ALL cows! Wow!” You can hear me in the background sighing with relief.


Cotswolds Cow Jump Over the Moon

My husband and I actually traveled across several pastures of cows and bulls during our 12 days of walking in the Cotswolds. The cows were usually calm and lazy, didn’t move and all, and didn’t seem to mind us at all.

Cotswolds Bull in Field

Cotswolds Bull in Field

Occasionally, there was a clearly marked sign of warning – “Bull in Field.” Fortunately, in this instance, the bulls were waaaayyy off in the distance. We just needed to watch where we stepped below our feet…

Cotswolds Three Cows

Sweet Travels!

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