Watercolor… WoW! Situated on Patos Island under the enormity of Washington State’s, Mount Baker… Alden Point is a hardcore, picturesque site. The very first navigation light on Patos, was just a red light on top of a spindly 10- foot pole… although a keeper’s house, foghorn building & ancillary structures were erected during the same period, 1893… to bookend a white light, established by the Canadian government, on Saturna Island, at the entrance to the Canal de Haro. In 1908, a 38-foot tall tower was added to the fog signal building (turning it into the lighthouse) and fitted with a 4th order Fresnel lens, producing a white flashing light. The 1893 keeper’s duplex was removed in 1958 and the US Coast Guard built larger living quarters. The Frensel lens was replaced and automated in 1974. The lighthouse was soon after abandoned and allowed to deteriorate. In 1977, the Patos Island Lighthouse was entered into the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. In 2005, the island owners, the Bureau of Land Management, removed every crumbling structure from the island, save the light tower building… and in 2008, gave it much needed repair & renovation.
… then there’s the Orcas… what a magnificent marine mammal. Unfortunately, their numbers are in rapid decline. Listed as endangered since 2005, just 75 are known to exist off the Pacific Northwest Coast as of June, 2018… and no calves have been observed since 2015.