|Ponce Inlet - it's like everyone is on a first name basis.|
|Entrance view to National Landmark. Perfect day for photography.|
This magnificently restored lighthouse stands 175 feet tall and contains 203 steps to reach the top. I can attest to that as I tested myself to make the climb. After all, how can you get the view from the top any other way? I did and it was great. In this case, you only enter through the gift shop. It’s sad because it cuts down on their gift shop sales. By the time you take the tour and climb the lighthouse, you’re ready for the car – not trinket shopping. I like to keep both hands free for camera operation when I tour – the gift shop always comes later.
|Rear entrance to lighthouse keeper's residence. Wheelchair access was added much later.|
|This is the parlor or living room view of Keeper's residence.|
|Lighthouse Keeper's Bed Chamber - including the Victrola record machine. Might have been romantic folk.|
For those reasons, I’ll only show you photos of the insides of the Lighthouse Keeper’s residence. Of course, the rooms were small. I think people were smaller in those days, too .. weren’t they? Anyway, there seemed to be plenty of room for the basic necessities of life – including music in the boudoir – by means of this Victrola record machine.
|Indoor plumbing addition of 1921 used part of the back porch, which was then enclosed.|
Well, this was all well and good. “Lifestyles of a lighthouse keeper’ wouldn’t make much of a reality TV show, these days. People were much more private with their lives back then.
|This entrance portal is so dramatic and formal looking.|
So, the best part. What’s inside a lighthouse that makes it so damned tall?
Well, … let’s go in and see. Here’s the door. What’s your hurry? There IS no hurry.
Once inside, you get your first look at the huge – 203 step, 175 feet climb – of stairwell.
|Read & heed the sign, then your journey starts .. first step on the left.|
Take time to take a deep breath, one step at a time and keep looking up. You’ll get there eventually.
There are landings every so often where parties coming down can pass the parties going up. Heaven help you if you’re a large person.
I don’t mind saying that I got a little winded from time to time and stopped at the landings to catch my breath and wait for my ears to pop. Yep, even that slight altitude change needed and ear-pop adjustment. I spent very little time looking out the windows (1) because they were dirty and (2) there wasn’t much of a view through them. I decided that their only purpose was to let in enough light to be able to see while climbing the steps. I could be right. My theory is as good as yours. I imagine it would be tough to clean the windows on a regular basis on the outside of a lighthouse. Here’s my prized shot.
|Straight up the center of the spiral staircase. Makes me dizzy.|
Looking straight up through the center of the spiral staircase. What a design!
We’re almost to the end of the tour. I won’t take you into the lighthouse lens museum. When the light shines just right in there, it would be an awesome display of light diffraction, diffusion and colors.
I promised you a view from the top, so here it is. In this image, I’m looking South from the observation deck.
|At the top, looking south from the observation balcony.|
|Of course, here is my own postcard view|
|Ponce Inlet Lighthouse flags on a fairly windy day.|
Thanks for your visit. I hope you enjoyed your time here.