A few years ago, I was at a Microsoft conference in Seattle – and I had the grand idea to take a few days off from work after the conference to do some hiking and sightseeing in Victoria, Canada.

I love lighthouses. For whatever reason, I just love the coastal settings, the history of lighthouses, and how picturesque they are. In one of my previous blog posts about a trip to Maine, one of the highlights of the entire trip was visiting lighthouses. When my wife and I were first married, we enjoyed several trips around the great lakes, into the upper peninsula of Michigan and into Wisconsin, and visiting several lighthouses around Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.

Well, my side trip to Victoria started out great. It was exciting to ride the ferry from Seattle to Victoria, and see the islands and scenery of Puget Sound.

Sunlight on the Ferry at Friday Harbor
My Wife and Son at Deception Pass

On our last day, I wanted to visit Sheringham Lighthouse on the coast of Vancouver Island. It’s just a little over an hour driving time from Victoria, so I thought it would be a fun outing.

View of the lighthouse from the Sheringham Lighthouse Trail
This is a photo I took just before tripping on a step (you can see the narrow walkway down to the lighthouse) and tearing my quadriceps muscle over my right knee.

The featured image on this post is a shot I took from the ground after I tore my muscle and while I was sitting on the steps.

I was able to get back to Texas and have my muscle repaired by a surgeon that specialized in knee injuries. He had experience from working with the University of Texas football team, and also appeared in the movie, Friday Night Lights – so he was somewhat famous, at least in Texas.

Today, my knee is well and I’m able to hike to just about any lighthouse – but I’ll be more careful.

Looking back at this whole incident, it is a beautiful lighthouse. I, somehow, want to go back and go all the way down and see it closer… oh, well. I’m not sure if I’ll ever do that. My wife still thinks it’s silly that I always have to visit lighthouses when I’m in the vicinity of one. I guess I just have a soft spot for lighthouses.

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