Sunday, October 11, 2009

Chincoteague Vacation Part 4: The Assateague Lighthouse

Assateague Light is the 142 foot tall lighthouse located on the southern end of Assateague Island off the coast of the Virginia Eastern Shore.

The pictures above are both of the Assateague Lighthouse...the one on the bottom I took on vacation...
the one on the top is what it looked like with a good paint job.
The tour guide in the lighthouse told us the corp of engineers did the last paint job w/the wrong kind of paint... The lighthouse organization is raising funds for a new paint job.

We climbed the total of 198 killer wonderful steps to the top!

We took these through a window part way up.

We made it! Here's a picture of the kids with the lovely view from the top.

We even spotted a wild pony!

The picture below is of the view straight down...see my shoes?

Brad snapped this picture of the lighthouse info posted inside. Some facts listed:
First lighted Oct. 1, 1867
153' above sealevel
27' in diameter
over 500,000 bricks!

Brad snapped this of me up by the light. (Proof that I made it!)

The lighthouse keeper took this one of us framed in the doorway at the top.

After we walked back down the killer wonderful steps, we hurriedly snapped these
pictures before the mosquitos carried us away!
While Chincoteague Island has a mosquito control program, Assateague Island does not (in order to protect the food chain).
I never knew how fast I could run until I had to run back down the trail
through the woods to the van! LOL


Marci said...

Glad you made it!! :)

I love lighthouses.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting these interesting tidbits from your vacation. We are enjoying them!