The name of 16th century conquistador Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo has been attached to quite a number of geographical landmarks and structures, mostly in Southern California. So I was a little confused when I first heard about the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse in Mendocino County, and of course I had to visit the site and see it for myself. On my first attempt in November 2021, I got only as far as the parking lot next to Highway 1; the Big Guy was feeling more than usually obsessed with finding a promising fishing spot that day and had no interest in the half-mile hike to the lighthouse.
This time I returned on my own. It was an extremely blustery day, and I still didn’t have all the time I would have liked to poke around and see everything there is to see. The more I learn about the Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park the more I want to see!