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The Winter of Our Discontent

I’ve just come from a a brief trip outside, watching the snow fall as we take another pounding from Mother Nature.

  
  

And I can’t help but think of better weather days, and planning my next lighthouse adventures.

With the snow already here and freezing rain on tap later, I’m thinking back to my tour of ten Chesapeake lighthouses last September.

Such an exhilarating feeling to be on the open waters of the Chesapeake, onboard the MV Sharps Island boat, indulging in my fascination of lighthouses.

What will this year’s lighthouse adventures hold?  I can’t wait for the weather to break to find out!

Above: The approach to the lighthouse.

  

Above: My view of Sandy Point lighthouse on September 19, 2015, from the MV Sharps Island boat.  Sandy Point has fallen into disrepair over the years, but is being restored.

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Happy Birthday, Abby! Here’s Looking At You.

Absecon Lighthouse officially turned 159 years old on yesterday, January 15.  The lighthouse was first lit on January 15, 1857.

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Above: Absecon Lighthouse’s fourth-order fresnel lens.  September 20, 2014.

Affectionately known as Abby, it is the tallest lighthouse in the Garden State of New Jersey, and the third tallest lighthouse in the United States.

I have a special affinity for Absecon, as it is the first lighthouse I ever visited and climbed. It is the place I spent my birthday for two years in a row, and hope to celebrate more birthdays there.

Above: Video of Absecon Lighthouse on September 20, 2014.

When you reach the top of Abby’s 228 steps, you receive a I Saw The Light card from the volunteer light keeper on duty.  Below are my cards from September 20, 2013 and 2014.

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Happy Birthday, Abby!  159 years never looked so good.

May you keep shining brightly.

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My view of Absecon Lighthouse at night on September 19, 2013.

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228 Steps: A Fascination Fulfilled

I am so thankful to Lighthouse Digest magazine for having thus far published two of my articles recounting my visits to lighthouses.

My first article for them, 228 Steps: A Fascination Fulfilled, is all about my first visit to a lighthouse: Absecon Lighthouse (affectionately known as Abby) in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

You can read it at:

228 Steps: A Fascination Fulfilled

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