Saturday, January 14, 2012

The View

My favorite place in Hope Town is at the top of the lighthouse. The 360 degree views are spectacular.

Officially called the Elbow Reef Lighthouse, it was built in 1864 and is one of only a few lighthouses in the world that are still hand wound and run on kerosene. For an extremely interesting article on the history of the lighthouse and its workings click HERE.

The kerosene is delivered to the lighthouse in these plastic jerrycans.

That's because the lighthouse keeper has to bring them up, almost to the top. Then the light has to be wound every two hours.

Unfortunately, for the past couple of years I haven't been able to go up the 101 steps to the top, due to my knee problem.

Thankfully this year my knee has improved, and it was even more enjoyable looking around and taking pictures...oh yes, and helping the guys take down the Christmas lights.

Look, there's New Horizon, a.k.a. the floating marina (center of picture).

Looking straight down from the top can make you dizzy!

It doesn't get more picturesque than this.

1 comment:

  1. Breathtaking. One day I need to make a trip to the Bahamas and Abaco!