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Lighthouse keeper couple returns to Five Finger

 

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Five Finger Lighthouse sits on a very small island in the middle of Frederick Sound around 90 minutes from Petersburg in a quick boat on a nice day.

A husband and wife have come back to spend their summer taking care of the Five Finger Lighthouse. John and Pat Jans maintain a "home base" or "nest" high in the mountains of Colorado, but Southeast also takes up special space in their hearts.

"We've been here before, so it actually feels like a homecoming," Pat says. "It's really wonderful to be back home. It's very dear to us."

When they were the lighthouse keepers in 2017, one of the first things John did upon arrival was figure out how much diesel the generator required. It needed about a half a gallon every hour, so it was seldom used...



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