Looking for the Eagles
When we neared the area where I had seen the one Eagle yesterday I put the car into a crawl, gazing up into the tree tops. But there was no Eagle. So we went the last little piece of the road to the parking lot from where one can enjoy the round view. We walked over to where the iron ladder leads down onto the sandbar which was fully exposed at the current low tide.
Then we walked over and along the edge of the high rocky cliff on the eastside. I had never been there and was thrilled about the nice view we had towards the small group of buildings at the lighthouse.
The last two years I had helped the group with keeping the lighthouse in shape. I had scraped some old paint, repainted and replaced a few shingles. It is a lot of fun to work out there. There are always tourists coming over and they are wildly impressed about the lighthouse and it’s history. I have heard the story of the last lighthouse keeper who actually lived on the rocky outpost with his entire family. When they had low tide the kids could walk over to the main island for school, but whenever the waves had covered the gap they were rowed across. Rowing a boat in these treacherous waters was always an adventure and a dangerous one as such.
One evening a bad storm was in the making. The family had huddled in the small kitchen in the tower. The wind and the waves were raging around the tower. To step outside would have been the end.
Sandbar exposed under low tide only
We can just imagine the horror of that night. It was never forgotten. The keeper kept always notes about what happened out here. Today’s visitors can have a look into the basement and see the giant wooden beams which are anchored on the foundation. They have kept the tower from toppling over since the late 19th century and saved the life of the keepers family back then.
We never saw the Eagles today but came away with a couple of pics I have never taken before.
A couple of new followers have joined the club. We welcome KCGAZ who enjoys traveling as a 50 year-old, and Mike Mills who doesn’t seem to have his own blog but follows a number of blogs. And then there is Levonne who has an interesting blog called Maple Leaves and Comfort Tea, and finally Encourage-one-another. Almost forgot to mention Lib and John’s Adventure with their blog USA 2010.
Hope I got them all, if not let me know.
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