Sunday, February 13, 2011

Where have I been . . .#2?

30 Mile Point Light House
at Golden Hill State park

Last weekend we rented and stayed in this Lighthouse. We had the second floor to ourselves. The first floor is a museum. Being winter the park was virtually deserted aside from a dog walker each morning. We took a long snow shoe/ x-country ski Saturday and played board games, read, worked on art, took a nap watched the lake, and the weather. Sat. afternoon there was a good snowstorm dropping about 6 inches quite rapidly. The lighthouse is perched on the northern most point of the southern shore of Lake Ontario. It is 30 miles from the mouth of the Niagara river where it meets Lake Ontario. There is a sandy Shoal just out from this light hose and 5 known shipwrecks the most famous was HMS Ontario sunk in a blizzard on Halloween losing 88 souls and 15,000 in US Army Payroll, gold and silver coins. The light house was built in 1875 and house a keep and his family as well as assistant Lighthouse keeper and his family. The light could shine out 18 miles. Decommissioned in 1958 NYS developed it into a park in 1984. Sunsets and Sunrises are fabulous from here. The light house is haunted and we had fun reading the journals from over the years of people staying there and adventures they had. It was pretty quiet on our watch though. It was a wonderful break and fun family time, we can't wait to go back , most likely in the spring in a tent but it is still a lovely place to camp so near the lake and its beauty.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

How fabulous. I love lighthouses and I love getting away from it all.