The lighthouse, built in 1874, is Saint Augustine's oldest surviving brick structure.
This beacon of light serves as more than just a navigational aid,
it also illuminates an ancient cities maritime past.
Rising 165ft above sea level, you must climb 219 steps to reach the top.
Once you have conquered the climb, you are handsomely rewarded with breathtaking
panoramic views of the surrounding city and its beaches.
The tower was automated sometime in 1955 so there are no more
'real' light keepers' on the grounds.
However, the light keepers' house has been restored and is now home to a museum
with WWII memorabilia and various other artifacts found from shipwreck ruins.
We spent a couple hours walking around the grounds,
they had some trails but they didn't really lead anywhere.
The ocean across the street was a short walk so we hopped over there.
I ended up talking photography with an older gentleman who has been shooting the
lighthouse for many years. He jokingly said that he's gotten almost every angle possible.
I wonder if he found the secret spot where I discovered the red hibiscus?!?!
Only because I myself stumbled upon the scene by accident.
It was after Cody and I had left, we drove down the
main road and on our way back past the lighthouse, I thought,
"I should stop real quick and try to get another shot of the top portion".
I wasn't really happy with the other ones I had taken across the street.
I really didn't want to stop again, although I did anyway - very glad I did.
And after I had taken a few photos, I went back to the car where Cody was waiting,
but then I quickly turned back around once I noticed a bush with red flowers.
I ran back over. I was so giddy, it was as if I hit the jackpot or something!
I almost missed out on it twice....if that doesn't tell you to
GO WITH YOUR GUT.....I don't know what does.
I always try to keep in mind that I won't get a redo
and this instance was a very good exercise for remembering that!
I hope you enjoyed the tour of Saint Augustine's Lighthouse.
If you are interested in reading a bit more,
here is their website.
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