Day Four - Marblehead Lighthouse
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We decided to sleep in a bit this morning, and just lounge the morning away! R and R is good!
We discovered that tours of the Marblehead Lighhouse were for about 4 hours in the afternoon, so just after lunch we loaded up the van and took off. I have always wanted to go up in the lighthouse. This structure has always intrigued me as I can just imagine the lighthouse keeper standing on the red observation deck! For many years, the lighthouse has stood as a landmark for us when out on the boat or on jet skiis. Here was my chance to see it - up close!
Admission was $2 per person - what a bargain! You are assigned times for your tour, and luckily our wait was only about 15-20 minutes. First, one of the volunteers gave a talk on the history and timeline of lighthouse.
Today the lighthouse is operated and maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. The property surrounding the structure is taken care of by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Today a 300 mm lens projects a green light so as not to be confused with other white lights in the area.
At one time the lighthouse was shorter. When it was deemed the light needed to be taller, a contractor was hired to extend the structure. In the accompanying pictures, you will note the conical shape up to a ridge which then goes straight up with the railing and windowed light at the top. Instead of starting over and building a new lighthouse, the conical shape was built around the old structure and new height added at the top. You can still see the original structure inside the base of the lighthouse. There are 77 steps to the observation deck.
Once on top, we were free to stay as long as we liked. The views were wonderful! Looking down on the rock ledges was quite a sight. Though it wasn't a clear day, we could still see for quite a distance. The stairs were a little steep descending the tower, but all of us made it easily. What a great tour, and one I would highly recommend!
The girls were excited to once again explore the rocks around the base and surrounding area. They found a cave, and made their parents a little nervous of slippery footing.
We finished sightseeing in these area with a trip over to Johnson's Island.
Once back at Parcel's Post, the girls decided to swim in the pool while their Mom and Dad went to dinner to celebrate their wedding anniversary. It was decided to call this the "crash" vacation. In the evening, our granddaughter hit a small rock while riding her scooter and fell to the pavement scraping her forehead, cheek, lip, and chin. She wasn't wearing her helmet, but has learned a valuable lesson on why one should wear it. First me, then her!