Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Climbing the Assateague Lighthouse

It was a rather hot afternoon when we decided to climb the Assateague Lighthouse.  We'd watched it, shining its beacon across the night sky, the night before from the beach.  The boys were excited to make the climb.  First, we had a short hike to the lighthouse.

175 steps to the top.

Isn't it fantastic?

The people in line behind us voiced doubts that the boys could make it up the 7 flights of stairs.  They really didn't know our boys very well....

When we got to the top, my first reaction was, Whoa, it's really open up here!  My second reaction was an innate desire to cling to the wall - even though I'm not really afraid of heights.

The views were spectacular though.

You couldn't go up to the tippy-top to see the lights, but I got a peek in and took this picture.

And then, it was time to head back down all those stairs.  It was 85* inside the lighthouse (according to the thermometer the guy up top had) and we were all pretty sweaty!  It was definitely worth the effort, though, for an adventure to the top.

On a special side note, happy anniversary to my husband Paul today.  We're celebrating 16 years.  Hard to believe!

38 comments:

cat said...

I can't believe Cort made that climb without somebody having to carry him! Happy 16th wedding anniversary to you and Paul :-)

Maple Lane said...

Happy Anniversary. Hope you both have a great day.

I love this lighthouse. I've climbed to the top of a couple before but never when it was this hot/humid. You should be very proud of your boys!

My Journey With Candida said...

Happy Anniversary!! Wishing you many more.

Cool that your boys made it all the way to the top ... 175 steps, very impressive.

Clint Baker said...

This has been a great journey with you! We usually go to the Outer Banks or Colonial Williamsburg for vacation. This really looks like a place we would enjoy. Thank you for sharing!

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Neat photo looking down that stairway! Yikes...

Happy Anniversary to the two of you! Bet it's all been fun! Celebrate this special day in a memorable way.

Jo said...

Oh how I love lighthouses,I wish I could visit every one,love this,your photo's are wonderful,wish I was there.

Jacquelineand.... said...

Happy Anniversary to the both of you. May you have innumerable days of joy ahead!

I'm very impressed with the boys stamina and love all the wonderful photos; it almost feels as though I've gone on holiday myself. =)

andy said...

Theres a lighthouse at our beach too very neat! Have a great day and happy anniversary!

Nancy Claeys said...

I hope the boys are old enough to remember this day. Quite the accomplishment!

Nancy Claeys said...

Oh, PS -- Happy Anniversary! xo

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Happy Anniversary!This looks like quite a climb!

Buttons said...

Wow I am impressed with your boys stamina that is quite hike they must take after Mom and Dad for sure.
Beautiful view I also love the stair case. Awesome. B

Buttons said...

Whoops I forgot Happy Anniversary!!!. B

GardenofDaisies said...

What a fun way to work off some of that young energy! The view looks amazing. Happy Anniversary to you!!!

CailinMarie said...

stopped by via FarmChick's blog. Happy Anniversary to you and your husband :-) I haven't been to Assateague yet which is embarrassing, I've lived in Williamsburg for 13 years! Don't ya love it when people wonder if your kids can handle something? People are always amazed that we take ours hiking. Cracks me up.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I'm impressed that the little ones made it up all those steps. Natural born hikers! That photo looking down the steps made me dizzy . . .

Happy anniversary! Enjoy your special day.

Chatty Crone said...

Happy anniversary to you! And way to go boys! I knew they could do it! sandie

Marissa @Life On Our Mountain said...

Happy anniversary Lisa & Paul! May you be blessed with many, many more!

Loved the old lighthouse - brave boys they are!

Renae said...

Oh I love lighthouses!

Thanks for the compliment of my pics in my e.a.s.y. post. That's nice of ya! :D

SweetMarie said...

I wouldn't have doubted they could make it. :) Happy Anniversary to you and hubby!

TexWisGirl said...

happy anniversary to you both! love that spiral stairway. :)

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Happy anniversary! You were brave. I am afraid of heights and would feel totally unsteady, with a camera in my hands to boot!

Valerie said...

Last summer we climbed to the top of a lighthouse on the Oregon Coast. Lots of steps there too! I sure would never have doubted that your active little guys could make the climb-a piece of cake for them I bet!

The guide where we were said vandals had shot out the lens at another lighthouse near by, and that the cost to replace it was going to be several million dollars! Yikes!!

Mary said...

Way cool..light house find. Your cute little family meet an energy match. Hahaha. Reminds me of the steps to climb Statue of Liberty...many more I think..but very steady climb. That was the old days for me.

Mama Zen said...

What a cool place to visit!

Happy Anniversary!

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

So cool! I'm glad you and the boys had a great view once you climbed to the top!

And Happy Anniversary!! :)

Lexie Loo, Lily Boo, and Dylan Too! said...

That's awesome that your boys made it to the top!
Happy belated anniversary!

A Quiet Corner said...

Sixteen years?! Holy moosepoops! Have you given any thoughts to all the steps you've taken with Paul...forget the lighthouse!!...:)JP

Jen said...

Aw, Happy Anniversary!!
And, that lighthouse looks awesome! I love that your boys all made it to the top :)

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I agree that you just have to go all the way to the top! Glad the boys are such troopers!

Melodie said...

Happy Anniversary! That looks like a grand adventure you all had! I love lighthouses!

Debbie said...

i wonder if your boys could be any cutier?? and if that view could be any better??

happy anniversary....the hubs and i just hit 34!! i guess by 34 you don't celebrate, you hit!! just kidding, of course!!

Michelle said...

What a fantastic experience! I would love to go to the top. Pretty cool. I still don't know about the hermit crab.... lol

La Dolce Vita: The Sweet Life said...

Love it there!

Lin said...

Happy Anniversary!!

What a cool climb and view! It's amazing how kids can do that without blinking--me? My knees hurt and I get freaked out by the height.

sigh.

Wish I was a kid again. :)

Out on the prairie said...

what a great experience for your family. 16 years is quite a feat to enjoy!

Sandy said...

I had not doubts your boys could make it! Happy Anniversary to you & Paul.

Barbara said...

16 years!! Congrats! That trip to the lighthouse looks great.