Range Tracking

Lighthouse Adventure

The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum offers a chance to watch the sunset and the full moon rise from the top the lighthouse. An exciting photo opportunity ruined by the perfectly timed arrival of a storm packing lots of rain and lightning.
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Built in 1887, Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station still possesses all of its original buildings. A cluster of homes for the lighthouse keepers and their families now turned into museums highlight life at the Station during its heyday such as the privy exhibit.
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Here is a panorama of the Lighthouse and buildings with the storm approaching in the background.
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My favorite exhibit at the museum is this artifact from the Spanish-American War.
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The advent of the airplane was a new way to reach remote light stations around the nation.
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Flags whip in the fierce wind of the approaching storm.
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Children of the lighthouse keeper passed the time with these toy horses.
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The lighthouse keeper office.
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An example of a traveling library box passed around the lighthouses to entertain the keepers and their families.
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The big question here is, did Stephen Crane, author of The Red Badge of Courage, once use this marine head? Crane, at the time a war correspondent, was aboard the Commodore which was smuggling guns to Cuban rebels when the ship floundered in a storm and sank off Ponce Inlet on 2 January 1897. The tale of his arduous days in a lifeboat are documented in his short story The Open Boat.
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Here comes the rain, there goes our chance to watch the sunset and the full moon rise from the top of the lighthouse.
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Our museum guides were optimistic the rain and lightning would pass in time but it only got worse.
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Photographed through the car windshield while the rain poured down, the distinctive six beams of light emanating from the lighthouse can be seen here.

View photos from a sunnier visit to Ponce Inlet Lighthouse.

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