A Wonderful Winter Day On Patos Island

First glimpse of the lighthouse

First glimpse of the lighthouse

We have received funding (from the BLM) to “hire” an intern to help us plan our first real Museum in the Lighthouse on Patos Island. Our advisor and wonderful fan of all things Patos, Erin Corra, has come up with the wonderful idea of recruiting a student at Bellingham’s Huxley College of the Environment.

We took our first intern candidate, Christine, out to Patos Island for a look-see last Thursday and we had a wonderful day! This was the first time I had been out to the island in the winter, but we had no problem with the wintry wild waves which I have seen in some of the historical pictures. The day was sunny but cold, and the water smooth.

After we landed on the island, we all headed up to the lighthouse to discuss our ideas with our potential intern, Christina. Right now the displays in the lighthouse consist of poster boards propped on easels and lots of note books with historical photos and documents. We are dreaming of incorporating all the information we have into real museum/interpretive center displays.

The lighthouse interior

The lighthouse interior

Ideas were discussed, views were appreciated and then we headed down to a campsite to share lunch with the state park workers on the island who are installing the new composting toilets. Yes, by spring we will have new efficient and environmentally correct toilets to replace the rumoured-to-be 40-year-old pit/outhouses.!

Lunch with the crew

Lunch with the crew

As we headed back to Orcas Island with Steve, our ever wonderful state parks ranger, we all agreed that it was a terrific day with much accomplished towards presenting a future learning experience for visitors to the  island.


5 comments on “A Wonderful Winter Day On Patos Island

  1. Peggy Burton says:

    Love this ~ Love Patos Island!

  2. How great! I’ve never been to Patos, despite growing up on Orcas, but I’d love to go someday – my sister goes sometimes, I know – she still lives on Orcas. I enjoyed reading that book written by the daughter, wasn’t it, of one of the lighthouse keepers? Can’t remember the name of it, but I imagine you know what I mean!

  3. Hi Gretchen,

    The book is Helene Glidden’s classic, “Light on the Island” You can read all about how the book started this non-profit in my December, 2011 post here.

  4. The Light on the Island posts were, December 23 and December 27, 2011 posts

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