So near yet it takes you so far, far away... The Point Vicente Lighthouse and Whale Interpretive Center...
Ever been to a place where you are just perfect where you are, knowing there is absolutely no other place you should be...or were meant to be. It was like for me when Michiru and I enjoyed a sunset at The Point Vicente Lighthouse just this last Saturday. I have been here no less than a million times, and it is like the snowflake thingy...no two sunsets are alike. This is such a remarkable place to visit, with striking views of the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands, a Whale Interpretive Center, miles of trails, funny looking people, and, of course a light house...something for everybody.
Before, I was puzzled at the name "Whale Interpretive Center." I cannot recall, although I may be wrong, other animals getting their own center for interpretation. I know the answer however, now. Most of us are not coming up with the message whales are trying to send us, so we need to have centers like the Point Vicente Whale Interpretive Center to decipher what we should learn from them. It's more than "stop sticking those long sticks into me so you can render my essence into perfume, oil, and male enhancement products. Like haven't you heard of Viagra."
Someone once told me man is the epitome of intellect because mankind can pass history on to the next generation so they can subsequently benefit. Whales cannot do this. Well that's done mankind a hell of a lot of good. "I'll take another war to go with the genocide." Meanwhile whales are peacefully swimming alongside us wondering when we are ever going to get the point. They probably chuckle and think we are harpooning ourselves. I am convinced whales are the first to practice passive resistance.
I honestly believe if whales do not have souls than neither do we...I would be proud to share eternity these peaceful, gentle giants. I do believe that whales and dolphins are highly intelligent, well adjusted, beings choosing the sea over the dry earth to perpetuate their spirit. They pass though the water, the biggest living thing on earth, with no lasting impact to their passing...just a wake which assimilates into itself like path of a shooting star.
How many people know what the American Cetacean Society is or does...? Most of us would not have a clue. They are more, however, then just whale watchers, they are the guardians of one of the most noble, intelligent, compassionate, resilient things on earth, a whale. Point Vicente is where the Cetacean society stands vigilant over the "pods" of gray whales as they migrate. Whales really harm no one and nothing, yet we hunted them to quite literally the ends of the earth. Still, they hold no grudge, and still pass close to our boats and our shores as if serving as an example to humanity...be more like us, we forgive.
I love the Point Vicente Light House and interpretive Center. It is about as out of the way as you can get in Coastal Southern California. The Point Vicente Lighthouse is a place you have to go, not something that you pass through. I still find it nothing short of magical having anything of the sort just a few miles from the crowded South Bay. This is the place to watch the sunset. The sun performs dazzling acts of brilliance and it seems to set here with an array of fiery defiance spanning colors so subtly encroaching on each other there is no line of definition; no beginning and no end.
I have always liked the color mauve. I am not sure I could pick that color out of a swatch or palette if I had to, to save my life, but it sounds like a color I would like. I know that when I look at the Point Vicente sunset, mauve is definitely present, just as I know it is not present in the rainbow. Now I have never seen a rainbow at Point Vicente at sunset so I better reserve my ultimate decision on that rare happenstance.
There is a bit of everything here at Point Vicente Light House. In Spring it is not uncommon to see a Gray Whale recognizable by its spray spout at a distance. Certain weekends you can get a tour of the Point Vicente Lighthouse itself. Remember to thank the whales for their patience with us, from the looks of it our ancestors maybe moving into there...