Day #2 cont. – Tybee Island Lighthouse

After being on the beach for about three hours… we decided to get out of the sun… wash off the sand… and go see the famous Tybee Island Lighthouse… we had been hearing about…

One thing about where we were staying… it was close also… just a couple of miles…

We could see it in the distance as we drove to it… following the road signs shaped like Sea Turtles

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We parked… bought our tickets from a friendly young girl… who was happy to give us Bobby’s military discount and inform us of the items we would be viewing…

Besides the Lighthouse… there were several houses used by the Lighthouse Keepers

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You had to enter by way of the gift shop

I thought that was a clever idea!…

A little old lady that volunteered… met us and explained the procedures for entering and climbing the lighthouseShe loved her job!… and was very informative

We waited as small groups were called to enter and start the climb of 178 steps of a spiril staircase…

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Looking upward to the top of the Lighthouse while waiting…

Bobby asked, “If I don’t think I can make it all of the way up…is it OK to turn around and come down?”…

“Why of course”, said the lady…

“Just be careful on those steps”…

So our journey began…

at every 25 steps there was a small landing… with a small open window

Each landing had a different view… since they were placed on different sides of the lighthouse… Pretty cool!… Getting higher and higher!

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So pretty looking out over the ocean and grounds…

I admit we made each “pit stop”… to catch our breath… or at least I did… Bobby just said his legs hurt a little…

But, to our own amazement… we finally made it to the top… and looked up into the light that guided fisherman to the shore at night…

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ordered it built in 1732… and it has been rebuilt several times…

Late night tours are beginning soon… to collect monies to paint the lighthouse this Fall of 2013…

It was quite beautiful… and my legs could attest to the muscles it takes to climb all of those 178 steps

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