While we were visiting our friends in Florida, they wanted to show us some of the interesting sights in their new area. One of the historic places is the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in Florida at 164-1/2 feet above sea level. We had a lovely cool clear day, perfect for getting a bit of exercise.
I had to get an architectural shot of the stairs looking up. There are 203 steps from ground level to the observation deck, and we went all the way up.
Thank goodness there were nine landings to catch your breath and give the knees a break on the way up. Along the way there were windows to see the views.
At the top, a small room allowed a view of the First Order Fresnel lens that provides the light for the still working lighthouse.
The view of the inlet was spectacular from the top.
The ocean view on the other side was fabulous too.
Views were wonderful all the way around. The red building in this shot is where we had lunch on the deck facing the inlet after our visit.
Looking down, there are several buildings with the lighthouse that are part of the tour. This was an added building that houses the ticket counter and gift shop.
The lighthouse keeper’s residence had large windows so you could see inside.
It is amazingly well preserved.
Here’s a view of the authentic kitchen and eating area. Look at that old stove!
The pictures were taken through the windows, so some glare was unavoidable. It was interesting to see the lovely hutch with its glass front doors.
The bedroom had an old Singer sewing machine.
Of course, I had to show you the quilts on the bed!
There were several other buildings to visit, including a woodshed theater that had a short video, two more houses for the first and second assistant keepers, and pumphouse. The really interesting exhibit was the Lens Exhibit Building that had many examples of the sizes and types of Fresnel lenses. Learning about history and interesting inventions is fun.
The First Order lens is the most powerful and largest.
The actual lens from Cape Canaveral is on display.
It is the same type of lens that is still in use here, and offers a better look than the one in the lighthouse.
Several types of lenses were on display with good explanations of what each one could do and where it is used.
From the second floor balcony, a different view of the largest lens is seen.
More lenses viewed from the balcony.
The balcony area had a lantern display too, showing much of the development of the ones we use today. There was also a large placard with Fresnel’s biography.
After our lighthouse tour and a marvelous lunch on the waterside, we drove over to the beach and walked out on the pier.
Looking back about halfway out, the pristine white sand beaches were being enjoyed on this weekend, and the lighthouse can be seen in the distance.
We visited several great spots while we were in Florida, and I’ll show more over the next few weeks as I get the space around all the other fun posts I have planned. What are you doing for fun now?
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