Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

And the lighthouses


On top of the world.

Many of you have followed our adventures for several years, and might remember all the lighthouses we saw in Maine in July of 2014.

We love lighthouses, so we were excited to be able to climb two while we were in Norway. Turns out they’re pretty much exactly the same as those we have here in the States.

The first one we visited was out on the flat coast not so far from where we were staying. This is the Lista Lighthouse, just up the road from the alpaca farm I showed you in the last Norway post.

Clouds added to the drama of the site.

Long ago there used to be three lighthouses here, and you can see where they were when you’re standing up top of the one remaining.

You can see where the other two lighthouses once stood, all 3 close together.

The view from the top, in every direction, was pretty stunning.

Looking inland toward farm country.

And, as usual, I didn’t want to go back down.

The view along the coast.

But on the ground were interesting things too, particular those things left over from World War Two. There were a couple bunkers with views of the ocean, and a display discussing the damage plastics are causing in our oceans.

A bunker window looks out over the ocean and the display built out of plastics pulled from the sea.

And there was this thing.

We suppose someone sat in the seat and signaled ships with this.

We spent a good amount of time examining this, with it’s tractor like seat and apparatus complete with a mirror-type thing hanging overhead. We tried to imagine how it had been used. And marveled that it was still there after all these years.

Husband’s picture shows the inverted image of the lighthouse in the glass.

It was a good trip to see a great lighthouse. But we weren’t done.

On another day we took a road trip to the furthest south lighthouse in Norway, at Lindesnes. The terraine there is entirely different than up at Lista.

Kids and adults scramble around on the rocks.

This lighthouse is shorter than Lista, but it sits higher above the sea on a rocky point.

Not so many steps inside to get to the top, but lots of steps just to get to the base of the structure.

There was plenty to see there too, though it was really windy. On the ground there was a circle carved into the stone, with arrows pointing to places around the world, including New York City. You could stand there and face the country you were from. Of course I did.

The sun was headed down for the day by the time we got to the top.

We didn’t have a lot of time there, but we enjoyed it so much. By the time we came down we were hungry, so we stopped along the way home at a wonderful restaurant that served Thai food.

Yummy food.

I had to use Google Translate to figure out the menu, written in Norwegian describing Thai dishes. Luckily what I finally picked was excellent!

We saw so much on these road trips, so much more than what I’ve shown you. And I haven’t even taken you to the churches we visited or out in the boat

We saw beautiful churches, but that’s for another post.

Time is getting short, as I’m preparing for my next trip…but maybe, just maybe I’ll at least get those churches posted before I leave.

You just never know.

Can’t stop looking at that view.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

22 thoughts on “And the lighthouses

  1. I am really loving this trip! Thank you.


  2. wow – lighthouses are true gems and your photos are wonderful – I really like that shadow one and I bet it is even more stunning in person


  3. How fun that must have been. I can smell the ocean air.


  4. I can’t figure out what that thing with the tractor seat is either. But I love these lighthouses and the views you get from going to the top of them!


  5. Thank you for sharing, Dawn! Dom’t you just love the extra pop of color saturation on cloudy & overcast days?! Gorgeous pictures! 🙂


  6. the people scrambling on the rocks…..where do they park to climb these rocks? I’m fascinated!


  7. Two summers ago, when my daughter-in-law (widow of my oldest son) and the grandkids took their vacation, they came through Maine on their way to Nova Scotia. She texted a lot of lighthouse photos back to me… and the grandkids totally enjoyed their time at all those wonderful places. If I went to the top of a lighthouse, I would never want to come down! Those views are amazing! I’m really looking forward to your church photos! Blessings to you, Dawn! ♥


    • I’m sorry about the loss of your son. That must have been very hard. I’m glad your daughter-in-law and the grandkids got to see Maine, I found it absolutely stunning! I would love to see Nova Scotia some day. I think the church photos are going to have to wait until I’m back from my next trip which starts tomorrow…but I’ll get them out there!


  8. Fascinating and wow what a view!


  9. Thank you for sharing your trip, Dawn. The terrain at the second lighthouse reminds me of the Canadian Shield and Manitoulin Island. Interesting to see connections and think about a time when Europe and North America were one giant continent.


  10. I love the shadow cast by the lighthouse. Can you imagine being the keeper responsible for sitting out in the elements warning ships away with the mirror gizmo!!!


    • I have always loved thinking about what it must have been like to live in places like this. I think the mirror gizmo was a WWII thingy…and that’s as technical as I can get.


  11. You went out in a boat and you aren’t going to show us!? Oh my word! What is this world coming to? 🙂 Just a few photos, ok Dawn? please!


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