Mise Tales Twenty-Eight

Mise Tales Twenty-Eight


For an update on what a Mise Tale is then please see Mise Tales One.

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Has anyone seen the movie released in 2009 entitled The Lovely Bones? It features a fictitious lighthouse marking the entrance way to heaven in a thoroughly entertaining film.

“Centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family – and her killer – from purgatory. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.” – IMDb

There is one strange thing about this lighthouse – the light in the lantern revolves counter-clockwise (CCW)! This is most unusual and there are only a few lighthouses in the world that revolve CCW, the majority revolving clockwise (CW).

A couple I found were in Australia. Does anyone know the whys and wherefores of CW vs CCW rotation of the lamp? I think this deserves further investigation and maybe a future article. Thanks for any help you can contribute.


Lennard Island lighthouse
A surfer makes a cut while on top of a wave at Cox Bay in Tofino.
– photo by Dave Blackey, All Canada Photos



The following photo showed up on the National Geographic travel website. It was advertising the area around Tofino, British Columbia, on Vancouver island. In the left background is an oft-photographed lighthouses – Lennard Island. The article introduction says:



By Taylor Kennedy

Highway 4 leads right up to the First Street Dock in British Columbia’s Tofino, a hamlet on Clayoquot Sound off Canada’s west coast. But getting that far takes a ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay, followed by a three-hour, white-knuckle drive into the mist, around hairpin curves, and through Pacific Rim National Park Reserveto the ocean. . . . more

[private] The payoff is more than worth the commute: remote surfing beaches, humpback and gray whales, black bears and bald eagles, and old-growth rain forests home to some trees thought to be one to two thousand years old. When an ancient red cedar falls, Nuu-chah-nulth master carvers ask the tree for permission before giving it new life as four dugout canoes. So when you paddle one on a T’ashii Paddle School guided canoe tour into the rain forest, remember to thank the tree.

When to Go: From October to February, storm watchers gather at waterfront lodges to watch the massive winter waves pound the coastline. In March, thePacific Rim Whale Festival celebrates cetaceans with events in, on, and near the water: naturalist-led marine mammal and whale watch tours, storytelling and music highlighting the gray whale, and interpretive walks on the Tofino mudflats. August delivers the sunniest beach days. You won’t have to go far to find a good beach spot. “Tonquin Park beach is almost in downtown Tofino, but you usually get the place all to yourself,” says frequent visitor Jared Melvin. In November, the Oyster Festival showcases Clayoquot Sound’s oysters, 8,000 to 9,000 of which are slurped down during the three-day event.

How to Get Around: Take a trip on the water taxi to Big Tree Trail on Meares Island or to Hot Springs Cove for a soak in the natural hot springs splashed by cool ocean waves. Floatplanes take you from the harbor to some of the more remote areas of Clayoquot Sound.

Where to Stay: Middle Beach LodgeWickanninish Inn, and Long Beach Lodgeall offer spectacular views of the ocean during storm season. Camping is available in various campgrounds around town, in the national park, as well as on many of the more remote islets of the rugged coastline.

Where to Eat or Drink: Shelter gets its name from its mission—to get back to basics: food, wine, and shelter. All the ingredients are local (they even grow some vegetables and herbs in the garden out back), and the place is popular with local surfers. After a morning on the water, fill up on a steaming bowl of Meares Island chowder (house-smoked salmon, arctic surf clams, and Yukon gold potatoes) served with house bread. Join the line at the original orangeTacofino food truck, parked at a surf shop lot on Pacific Rim Highway. The “fast slow food” Baja fish and tuna tacos are made from scratch and wrapped tightly in foil, perfect for beach picnics.

What to Buy: Roy Henry Vickers expresses his respect for the area’s natural beauty through his paintings, carvings, and original prints on sale at Eagle Aerie. The gallery is in a traditional longhouse, where Vickers regularly holds free storytelling sessions. Clayoquot Crafts sells Adirondack chairs made from red cedar logs felled by storms and salvaged from Clayoquot Sound.

What to Watch Before You Go: Several scenes in The Twilight Saga: New Moon(2009) were filmed at Tofino’s South Beach (accessible via the 0.9-mile South Beach Trail from Wickaninnish Beach) inside Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

Helpful Links: Tofino Tourism, Pacific Rim National Park

Fun Fact: Tofino’s water temperature varies little across the seasons, going from a low of 48°F degrees in winter to a maximum of 59°F degrees in summer.

Born in Ontario, photographer Taylor Kennedy lives in Victoria, British Columbia. He has worked on assignment for National Geographic Traveler, the Globe and Mail, West, Explore magazine, WestWorld, and Vanity Fair.[/private]


Spirit Bear -  Jonathan Hayward, The Canadian PressPart of what the lighthouse keepers, and many other British Columbia groups are trying to protect:

Photos: The spirit of B.C.’s Great Bear Rain Forest

Spirit bears, grizzly bears, black bears and all sorts of wildlife and natural vistas await visitors to Great Bear Rain Forest in B.C. – The Vancouver Sun


It is interesting, at least to me, that when I see a lighthouse in a movie I want to know what it is called, is it manned and where it is located.

Slangkop Lighthouse near KommetjieI just finished watching the 2006 Steven Seagal movie Mercenary for Justice and there was a large white lighthouse on the beach near Cape Town, South Africa.

After a bit of Googling I found it is is called the Slangkop Lighthouse, It is almost one hundred (100) years old and thirty-three (33) meters high! Now you know too!


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Retired (2001) British Columbia lighthouse keeper after 32 years on the lights.

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