Grays Harbor Lighthouse

On Saturday, I surprised my husband with some donuts and coffee for breakfast– we woke up around seven am and laid in bed for a while, and then I told him to stay in bed until I got back and I journeyed off to the store while he lay there wondering where the heck I’d gone– and then I asked if he wanted to come away with me. I’d been considering surprising him with an adventure all week but I didn’t decide to actually do it until that morning.

So we went off to Westport, where the tallest lighthouse in Washington can be found. My family has gone to Grays Harbor –which is about five minutes away– quite a bit for camping in the summer, but I  never knew there was a lighthouse! It was SO fun.

We paid $5 each to go in and climb all 135 steps to the top. It really wasn’t as long of a climb as it sounds, I think because we stopped at every landing to take pictures and look down. And somehow it looked much further looking up than it did looking down!

Up and down
I was incredibly excited to get to go all the way up into the room with the lighthouse lens; at first we didn’t think we would get to go up, but lo and behold when we got to the landing at the top, the guide came down from the lens room and told us to come on up! He explained all the workings of the lighthouse; where the mechanism was made (Paris), who invented the lens, how it all worked, etc. It was super interesting!

We also went to the Maritime museum… which wasn’t as interesting as I had hoped it would be, but it was still fun! They had petrified pig dung. Oh yeah, so cool. (Just kidding, it was gross. Although the 10 year old boy at the museum thought it was pretty  hilarious.) And they had some GORGEOUS hats and purses that I wish I could have taken pictures of, but the museum didn’t allow photography.
PicMonkey Collage

I totally want to start taking more day trips– or weekend trips– to find other lighthouses and museums and such, because I really loved exploring and the history of these places is so cool. I’ve been really inspired by Tieka (of Selective Potential) lately and her exploration of Michigan. I think I need to do more exploring of my own home state. I bet there are super interesting places here!


Dress, coat, purse, and belt: thrifted
Heels and  sunglasses (gift): Modcloth
Tights: Kohl’s

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Happy Monday!


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  • Nan

    Just popped in to say I love reading your blog! I check ~daily for posts. The sunglasses look awesome. I’m going to Oregon this week so your blog has been helpful for preparing me for the scenery/weather. The place in Oregon is similar in climate to Washington. Any advice for a southerner going up to the northwest corner of the states?

    • Eccentric Owl

      Aw, thank you! I love these sunglasses; my husband has great taste. 😉

      Bring warm clothing! Things like cardigans and tights, and layers that you can easily remove if you’re going in and out so that you don’t bundle up outside and then get inside and feel like you’re roasting. I hope you have lots of fun on your trip!

  • Jamie Rose

    Your lighthouse adventure looks like fun! I think exploring your home state is a great idea. Maybe I’ll explore Georgia someday haha.
    I love this outfit you’re wearing here. The red belt and polka dot tights look fantastic with your dress. Your sunglasses are pretty much the most amazing pair ever too.

    • Eccentric Owl

      I always thought it would be really hard to plan trips around the state, but actually once you start finding places and knowing what to search for, it gets really easy!
      I miss the southern states; when I lived in Mississippi, it seemed like there were so many more museums to visit around the area.

  • Kaelah Bee

    what a precious surprise! and outfit! i’ve been wanting to surprise mike with a fun little day trip lately but have promised myself i’ll wait until the weather breaks. much too cold to enjoy the outdoors this week! xo