Sunrise Sunset 2017: One of 17 in 17

Make it five years in a row! Yes, for the fifth straight year, we awoke on the east coast of Florida to watch the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean and then ended the day by watching the sun sink into the Gulf of Mexico.

This year we began the day at Hillsboro Inlet watching the sunrise only minutes from the house I lived in while in high school.

Boats parading through the channel and a lighthouse were an extra bonus, and the sunrise did not disappoint.

Cooking and eating breakfast on the picnic tables at Hillsboro Inlet Park served as fuel for our cross state road trip.

Next stop: Corkscrew Swamp for a stroll among wild things on the boardwalk cutting through the path of Landmark Cypress.

Then on to the island for a bike ride, walk on the beach

and obligatory sundae at Dairy Queen.

Waiting for sunset included a few casts and even a couple of trout.

With waves washing over our feet, the sky changed from gold to orange and finally pinks and purples as 2017 Sunrise Sunset came to an end.

Where would you suggest we plan this adventure in 2018?

On the Lookout for Lighthouses

It shouldn’t be a surprise that I’m always on the lookout for lighthouses. After all, I lived in Lighthouse Point throughout my teenage years and could see the lighthouse at Hillsboro Inlet as I drove down the road to my house.

In fact, the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse adorned the cover of my Pompano Beach High School yearbook my junior year. A lighthouse, the sunrise, the ocean, all things I still love. You can schedule a tour of the Hillsboro Lighthouse this Saturday, August 9th or again on October 11th when they celebrate Barefoot Mailman Day.


Since tomorrow is National Lighthouse Day, I decided to look for some of the pictures of lighthouses we’ve taken over the years.

A few from North Carolina:

Florida’s oldest lighthouse Amelia Island Lighthouse in Fernandina Beach, built in 1938, is older than the state of Florida, and while I’ve seen it from the road, it’s not accessible to the public on a regular basis so I haven’t been able to get close enough for a picture. Tours are only available on the first and third Wednesdays of the month so I’ll have to work to get there.

Click here for a tour of Florida’s tallest lighthouse, located at Ponce de Leon Inlet. This was the site of my sister Carol’s wedding to her husband Dan.

Florida lighthouses in Jupiter, Jacksonville, and Boca Grande:

One of my favorites, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, in Maine:

pemaquid2More great lighthouses at Sanibel Island, Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas, and another look at Pimaquaid:

This map of the lighthouses of Florida is from the Florida Lighthouse Association, an organization working to protect, preserve, and restore the state’s lighthouses. Wonder how many of these we can visit in 2015?