This past weekend we had another family day and continued our mission of exploring Florida! We went to Jupiter and decided to take a look at the Jupiter Lighthouse.
The Lighthouse was officially lit on July 10, 1860 and has been in service continuously since then except for a brief period when the lighthouse was under construction for renovations. A weather bureau and signal station were established in 1889. Did you know that all US lighthouses are the responsibility of the US Coast Guard? Click here if you would like more in depth information.
We had some young tour guides who were local high school students volunteering. Other than the fact that one of them talked super fast and wouldn’t let anyone get a word in edge wise they were pretty good and the tour was pleasant and informative. After seeing the Tindall house which is an old pioneer homestead and a chickee hut made by local Seminole Indians and the lighthouse keepers quarters we arrived at the foot of the lighthouse.
This is how the girls entertained themselves while hubby took the boy up. Why he decided to go up I’ll never know. He walked down the spiral metal staircase backwards and was drenched in sweat when he stepped foot on solid ground. Newsflash: You are afraid of heights!!! I really wish I had a picture of it for future reference. Once they were down and capable of watching Little One it was time for us big girls to head up. 105 steps to the top.I have to say it didn’t feel too kosher to me either. I guess, as I’m getting older things like heights and open spiral staircases get to me, too.
But the view was so worth it. It was beautiful and windy and breathtaking!!! I love getting a bird’s eye view of everything and seeing for miles and miles in all directions.
Here’s a little sample!
105 steps down, sweaty fingers and a racing heart… and aching thighs the next day.
It was nice to learn some of Florida’s history and seeing how both the pioneers and Seminole Indians lived. And to see how important lighthouses still are to maritime traffic!!! We all had a wonderful afternoon, learned something new and were only about an hours drive away from home. And I got some sweet pictures to share with you my dear bloggy friends!!! 🙂