In all of my travels, the east coast is my least traveled area of the United States. I’ve always wanted to go in the fall to see the spectacular foliage displays. I finally had a short opportunity, when I decided to attend a film course in Rockport ME. After the week-long course, my friend, Meredith and I set out to visit Pemaquid Point. It was a stop along the way as we headed toward our home states.
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse over looks the Atlantic Ocean near the town of Bristol, Maine. Originally built-in 1827 by John Quincy Adams, the original structure used salt water in the mortar, which required it to be rebuilt. The first floor has a museum in Keepers house and the second floor apartment is available to rent. The lighthouse is open to climb.
“Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.” Anne Lamott
Lighthouses are a reminder of a less technical time. They were a beacon of light in the darkness guiding a ship to safety. Since living near the Gulf Coast the past few years, I’ve developed a fun interest in lighthouses and have started to record the ones I visit. There are 37 US states and Puerto Rico with standing lighthouses. Road trip!!
The other unique feature about Pemaquid Point are its rock ledges. Layers of metamorphic (grey, black and green) rock and igneous (white or light) rock intertwine throughout the point.
The ocean, rain, ice and heat are continually wearing these bedrock stones into craggy shapes. They had the feeling of ramps that led to the ocean. Meredith and I had fun exploring the amazing shapes and textures found in the rocks.
With the dynamic rock ledges in their foreground, the emerald Atlantic waves showed off as they dance against the shoreline. No running your toes thru the beach sand as the water laps up. The forceful waves claim the rocks and then recede gaining strength for another assault.
The most famous shipwreck in this area was the Angel Gabriel. A British passenger galleon with 100 English settlers and provisions on board. During a hurricane in August of 1635, the Angel Gabriel broke up on the rocks of Pemaquid Point. Only 3-5 passengers and crew were lost, but all of their belongings went down with the ship.
Pemaquid Point is a perfect “60 Minute or Less Stop”. However, with views like this, you might want to linger a bit longer.
Do you enjoy visiting lighthouses? Do you have a favorite one?
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