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Lighthouse: Port Boca Grande (Gasparilla Island)
Description: Displays inside the tower.
Photographer: Bryan Penberthy
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When we first moved to North Carolina about 10 years ago, everyone kept telling us that we needed to get out to the Outer Banks. When we finally made it out there, I got my first glimpse of Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras lighthouses. From that point, I was hooked. Shortly after that, we eventually visited all of the NC lighthouses. Before long, we were traveling to South Carolina and Georgia. Since I really liked seeing the lighthouses, I figured why not put all of my pictures up for others to see them.
Throughout our travels, several things kept popping up...not knowing exactly where the lighthouses were, and clear directions to get to them. With the advent of Global Positioning System, and Google Maps, the lighthouses are a lot easier to find now. In an effort to help others, I have added driving directions and the GPS coordinates for all the lighthouses featured on this site. All of our travels (31 trips as of December 2011) are documented and on the site for visitors to enjoy.
Why are a bunch of lighthouses missing from this site? A lot of people e-mail me asking why I am missing this lighthouse or that one. It's not that I don't like them or anything like that. It's just that I haven't had an opportunity to visit and photograph it. This website is a hobby, not a job. Every expense for this site, is out of my own pocket. So when I occassionally travel, I try to get to as many lighthouses as I can.
They say that time flies when you are having fun. Well, time really has flown...to the tune of 10 years. Believe it or not, this site has been up for right around ten years. The site has changed quite a bit over those 10 years, mostly in backend design, added features, and pictures. The site now features over 2,400 of our own pictures. Other people's contributions bring the site picture total to over 4,400 from 384 unique lighthouses.