Exploring Florida - Ponce de Leon Inlet LighthouseWould it be strange if I told you that I didn't go fishing at all over the long Memorial Day weekend? Well, strange but true.
Instead, we kinda did family stuff near the house, with the exception of Monday, where it was time to escape for a mini road trip down I-95 to Ponce de Leon Inlet, and more specifically, its lighthouse.
Now this isn't the first time this particular lighthouse has appeared on the blog, rather a photo from afar during a fishing trip to New Smyrna Beach popped up two years ago, however this time we were going to visit the attraction, and perhaps learn a little bit about it in the process.
Here's a tour of the lighthouse grounds, in captioned photo form.
|The ominous, shadowy lighthouse. Or just a really bad photo.|
You'll notice there are some smaller houses on the grounds,
they were where the lighthouse keeper and assistants lived.
They've been converted into some really neat museums.
|There were all sorts of interesting artifacts inside the houses.|
Everything from local maritime, aviation, Native American, and of course, lighthouse history.
One house didn't have displays, rather was preserved to look like it did in the early 1900s.
|There were also some interactive exhibits.|
K.C. & Lilly reviewed a touch screen where you could pull up
a "bio" on any active lighthouse in the world.
|A slightly better picture of the lighthouse.|
It happens to be the tallest in Florida at approximately 175 feet.
It was built in 1835 back when the area was called Mosquito Inlet.
Glad they changed the name, probably not good for tourism...
|Interestingly, if you're into a bit of lighthouse & fishing fiction, check out "A Salty Piece of Land" by Jimmy Buffett (yeah, that Jimmy Buffett). It's a pretty good read that focuses partly on bonefishing the tropics and partly on restoring a Fresnel lens lighthouse. I happened to read it 10 years ago before I knew much about either. I'd like to read it again.|