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Wednesday, September 23, 2009
MD Lighthouse Challenge - Completed!
It was a beautiful weekend for the Challenge! Couldn't have asked for better weather! Our first stop was Turkey Point Lighthouse. After a bus ride to the park, you had a 0.8 mile hike to the lighthouse. Glad we got that one out of the way first! It had wooden steps and a wonderful view at the top!
#2 Concord Point Lighthouse: We didn't walk to the top of that one. Took pictures and enjoyed the view!
#3 Chesapeake Lightship in the Inner Harbor: After some confusion, we got a ticket and walked thru the lightship. Really interesting! Couldn't believe the tiny sleeping quarters they had!
#4 Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse: It's on the Inner Harbor also. They had the top of the lighthouse closed off.
#5 Hooper Strait Lighthouse: It's like Drum Point Lighthouse.
#6 Sandy Point Lighthouse: This was a BONUS lighthouse! Sits out in the water by the Bay Bridge at Sandy Point State Park.
These are the lighthouses we completed on Saturday! Then on Sunday....
#7 Drum Point Lighthouse: This was dubbed "Party Central" for the challenge!This picture was taken back in March when we visited.
#8 Cove Point Lighthouse: Another bus ride to the lighthouse!
#9 Point Lookout Lighthouse: This lighthouse grabbed my heart and my interest! It has GHOSTS!!!!
#10 Piney Point Lighthouse: This lighthouse had the best view and most interesting information! The pipes off to the side of it carries oil and asphalt. There are tanks that you pass before you arrive at the lighthouse that house the oil and asphalt. On one of the tanks, has a HUG smiley face painted on top of it. It is in the Guinness Book of Records and the astronauts use it as a guide where they are!
#11 Fort Washington: Upon our arrival and completing our Challenge, they volunteers greeted us with bells, whistles, and clapping! It was so neat! We even grabbed a couple cookies! We finished the Challenge at 2:00pm on Sunday!
#12 Blackistone Lighthouse: This was another BONUS lighthouse! At the museum, you had to get tickets to take a boat ride over to the island to visit the lighthouse. What an awesome visit! It is a replica, but so beautiful. I even found a few shells on the shore. Wished I had more time to pick up more shells! :)
At each lighthouse, we received a baseball like card with a picture of each lighthouse and its time line on the back. On our 3rd lighthouse, we received a plastic card case to place them in.
When Chuck and I arrived at Drum Point, we saw a lady that we've talked to somewhere before. We got our Challenge t-shirts, changed in the bathroom. While waiting on Chuck, I mentioned to the lady that this was "party central" and she was so excited over my saying that! I was given a box of lighthouse tissues! She took the picture of Chuck and I holding my tissues, lighthouse candy, and the party bunny! She was the raffle - so pretty! When we took the bus ride to Cove Point, we saw her twin! It still puzzled us where we spoke to them before and decided it had to be Bodie Lighthouse in NC. Chuck walked over to ask the other twin and we were right! We couldn't believe they would drive to MD to volunteer for the Challenge - only to find out that they live in MD and volunteers in NC! So when we arrived back at Drum Point, I just had to tell the lady about our mystery we solved and had to get my picture with her. Such wonderful ladies!
So as you can tell - we had a great weekend! For more pictures, check them out in my Picasa Album! (Link is on the side bar to the right!)
P.S. While Chuck drove, I got 6 dishcloths done! :)