Today is National Lighthouse Day!  So, to give a nod to these historic and important navigation aids and the people who keep them running, here are a few I captured in the last year…

Cape Florida Lighthouse, Key Biscayne, from the outside:


and from the inside:IMG_6877

Hopetown, Great Elbow Cay, Bahamas:IMG_7840

Gray’s Harbor Lighthouse, Westport, Washington, from the outside:



Admiralty Head Lighthouse, Coupeville, Washington: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Mukilteo, Washington:


I look forward to capturing many more.


Day 13 – We are still tied up at a boatyard waiting for the Belt Line Railway Bridge at MM2.5 to open. Below, we are second from the left, boats waiting…

We haven’t been idle, though. This morning Lori went for a run, I found a geocache, and walked through a nearby wooded park.

We are in an area called Great Bridge. The nearby historical markers tell a story of the first-ever Revolutionary land battle in Virginia Colony which was fought right here. And we won! The British forces were repelled with great losses, and that was the first victory for the American colonies in the war.

This afternoon we cleaned the boat top-sides and inside. Laundry, showers ashore, and then a lovely dinner of tapas and wine at a restaurant less than a mile away.

We learned tonight that the bridge is now OPEN!! We will leave in the morning to travel these last 12 miles. One last sunset on the canal!

I’ve enjoyed chatting with our temporary dock neighbors. Everyone has a story to tell.

The next post in our ICW journey:

(Note:  If you’d like to read the entire 2-week adventure from the beginning, THIS LINK will take you to the first post in the series.)

Room with a view.

I made my way to the bottom of Manhattan for a meeting in the financial district today.  The conference room we were in all day had this great view of the Hudson River.  The ferry on the right is headed over to Ellis Island.  And to the left is Liberty Island, graced by the Statue of Liberty.  My dad and my mom’s dad both entered this country through Ellis island, which was the home for NYC immigration processing between 1892 & 1954 (according to Wikipedia).  A very special landmark.


Tiptoeing through time.

I’ve spent the entire day today jumping back into my genealogy research.  I have recently connected with distant cousins in my same generation, all of who’s grandparents were siblings born in the late 1800s.  It has rekindled the fire in me to transfer the myriad of notes, stories and photographs that I have compiled over the last decade or so into a cleanly documented family tree.  And we are pooling our research.
It is especially challenging to research my ancestors because virtually all of my grandparent paths on all sides start in Ireland.  So I’m enjoying joining forces on the research.
Once I make a pass through my ancestors’ part of the tree, I’ll do the same for Monte’s, for whom I have significantly more information.


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