In early August, we visited our fifteenth lighthouse of the year and completed another of our 15 in 15 bucket list items, but when we traveled to South Florida later in the month, we couldn’t just drive by the lighthouses at Jupiter Inlet, Hillsboro Inlet or Cape Florida.
None of these were first time visits. Nevertheless, all were worthy of another stop, especially since 2015 may be remembered as the year of the lighthouse.
First stop Jupiter.
Not only is there a lighthouse, but a museum, cafe and of course, a gift shop. It’s no easy task to take a picture of this lighthouse from the museum grounds since it’s surrounded by large trees; but we climbed the embankment to the road and took pictures from the draw bridge leading to the inlet.
Then driving south on A1A we got the idea to take a walk on the beach for another view of the lighthouse. While we could see the lighthouse from the beach, it was really too far for a good picture. On the bright side, we ended up walking two miles on the beach…never a bad thing.
The next day a bike ride in Bill Baggs State Park led us to the Cape Florida Lighthouse.
My first visit to this lighthouse was in 2009 when we took some graduation pictures of Emily near the lighthouse on a very windy day, but John shared a story about nearly drowning at this park back in the ’70s so he has a long tradition at Cape Florida.
Finally, on the way home we took A1A north from Miami to Pompano Beach and Hillsboro Inlet. This is my home lighthouse since it could be seen from my high school home.
Many walks on the beach ended at Hillsboro inlet and days sailing with a neighbor took us past this familiar beacon.