Wheelygoode Adventures 2005/6 travel blog

Ponce de Leon lighthouse

203 steps

at the top

Wheelygoode in Virginia

Savannah, GA to New Smyrna Beach, FL - I-95 all the way! Not too interesting for the most part, but a lovely sunny day. When we stopped at the Florida Welcome Center to pick up maps and RV info, we also picked up a brochure for the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse and made it our fun stop for the day. After checking in at the New Smyrna Beach RV Park (very nice, free WiFi and cable TV which isn't usually a priority but with Hurricane Wilma on the horizon we want to keep a bit of a weather watch) we unhooked our 'dinghy' and went in search of the lighthouse. It was interesting driving by road along the ICW where three years ago we were heading south for the first time. We saw palm trees everywhere, my favourite trees because they signify warmth through the winter.

This beautiful all red lighthouse is impressive, with all the outbuildings in original condition, intact and very well maintained. We climbed the 203 steps to the top - at 175 feet it is the tallest lighthouse in Florida - and viewed the ocean, the inland waterway, and the surrounding towns. The lighthouse is lit by a first order Fresnel lens, also impressive!

Biketoberfest is next weekend, and already the bikers are pouring in. The campground is nearly full as many of them have RV's and either mount their bikes behind or tow them in fancy custom trailers. There are booths in various places selling biker stuff and it is easy to spot them - they are surrounded by colourful bikes. It is a good boost to the economy in the slow pre-Christmas season.

Back at the campground Mike called the boatyard - our boat is scheduled to be moved to the work yard tomorrow morning and he is concerned about the hurricane's projected path. The weather reports aren't encouraging, but there are a few days before it hits.

Will we go down and make sure the boat is secure, do a couple of days work and then head back north or will we stay here until it passes? With a potential buyer coming the end of the month we are running short of work days.

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