Sunday, September 25, 2011

One last adventure... Great Point Light House

One of the things to do on the kids "Bucket List" for the summer was to go out to the Great Point Light House which is at the very tip of the island. This is a little bit of an undertaking because you need a special beach permit in order to drive out on the sand, and it takes about an hour to get there because you can only drive about 15 mph on the sand.

Well, it just so happens that this is where Amanda worked all summer and invited us to come out to "volunteer" for a morning! We were able to follow her out (and avoid paying the $150 beach permit fee!), get a personalized tour inside the lighthouse (which isn't usually open) and then help to pick up trash along the beach. It was a beautiful day and a very cool experience.

I had never driven on sand before. Did you know that you have to deflate your tires to about 13 psi's instead of the usual 32 or 33?

Here's our lovely Jeep who did well on the sand!
We also passed some beautiful ponds along our
drive and saw some ducks and geese which the
kids told me I had to take a picture of!

When we arrived, the first thing
we did was climb up the lighthouse!
Amanda & the twins
Not something she does for cameras very often :)

OK - So, these are shacks without
electricity, water, etc. But, people come
and stay in them for glorified camping.
Ummm... no thanks.
I'll drive out to the tip instead!

This is the light inside!
Nice and Big!
After we climbed down all the steps,
we got ready to gather some trash!

Sadly, it was INCREDIBLE the amount of
trash we were able to gather in only a short
distance. I think in total... over 100 pieces!
One of the very cool things about Great Point is that this is where a lot of the seals are located. This one got very close to us, and I have to admit, I even stopped to watch it for like 10 minutes! It would surface... have a staring contest with us and then dive back under and pop up a minute later in a different location. The kids had fun trying to figure out where it would pop out next!

And, finally, me. At the very tip of the island! Or... as far as humans could go. They did have the last few yards blocked off to preserve the area for the seals and the birds... pipping clovers, I believe!
It was such a fun morning!!
Thank you Amanda for letting us come out with you!

The next day we left Nantucket... It was a very, very fun summer. Nantucket is absolutely beautiful and I am glad I got to experience a summer on the island! I met some amazing people, enjoyed being a member of the small LDS contingent, and look forward to a future visit in a few weeks when I fly back to pick up their mini and drive it back to DC... with a few stops along the way, like Boston and my dad's!

1 comment:

Unknown said...

The seal is my favorite part! :) Looks like a fun adventure... and I had no idea you had to change the tire air pressure when driving on sand. good thing I've never driven on sand before. :)