Random thoughts, rants, raves and photo opportunities

2016 - Cabo Finisterre, Galicia, Spain

Following our visit to the Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela, there is no more of an appropriate destination than Cabo Finisterre. Known in the Roman times as the End of the World, this is the final destination following the visit to the cathedral for many pilgrims on the Way of St. James. The views here on the rocky peninsula overlooking the Atlantic are spectacular. Two other interesting things of note were the mountain goats protecting the lighthouse and this is also the location of the Cross of the Coast of Death.

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2016 - A View From Atop Monte Igueldo, San Sebastián, Spain

On the first day following our separation from the school sponsored tour, we spent the night at a hotel atop Monte Igueldo. Monte Iguelo overlooks the Basque town of San Sebastián, Spain. The views from atop the summit are spectacular and offer a panorama of the Bahía de la Concha and the surrounding coastline and mountains. During our stay we also managed to visit Faro del Monte Igueldo, the lighthouse located on the northern slope of the mountain.

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2013 - Seul Choix Lighthouse, Gulliver, MI

Lighthouses, covered bridges, and cathedrals, three things we always make time for. The Seul Choix Lighthouse, located in Gulliver, MI, is located Michigan's upper peninsula along our route to Traverse City, MI. The light went into service in 1895 and while today it contains an aircraft beacon, the light still shines. Our group was having a debate about the pronunciation of the name. According to locals in the area, the correct pronunciation is "Sis-shwa".

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2013 - Manistique East Breakwater Light, Manistique, MI

The route to Traverse City, MI took us through Michigan's upper peninsula. Located on the north shore of Lake Michigan in the town of Manistique, MI, the Manistique East Breakwater Light is a symbol of the great industrial boom of the early 20th century. The light was originally built to help guide timber and iron ships into the once important harbor.

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2010 - Portland Head Light, Portland, ME

Another destination during the 2010 New England tour was Fort Williams and the Portland Head Light lighthouse, located in Cape Elizabeth, ME.  This fantastic piece of history, dating back to George Washington, is in spectacular condition and worth the visit.

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2010 - Wood End Lighthouse, Provincetown, MA

During my 2010 New England tour, one of our destinations was Provincetown, MA, located at the extreme tip of Cape Code in Massachusetts.  I had the opportunity to hike the jetty across the tidal flats to the Wood End Lighthouse.  This hike is not for the faint of heart.  It is a three and a half mile round trip hike across a jetty constructed of granite boulders.  One wrong step could spell disaster.  But we all made it to the lighthouse and back in a little under three hours, which included snooping around the lighthouse and splashing in the ocean.  If one does not pay attention to the tide schedule, you could be stranded at the lighthouse for several hours as the tide cycles in and out.

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