Sunday, April 14, 2019

Hope Town, Abacos, Bahamas

Taking advantage of the rest of our 24 hour rental period, we rode about 10 miles round trip to the southern end of the island.

Hope Town and Elbow Cay are much more "ritzy" with almost no abandoned buildings.

They do like these little signposts!  We saw dozens of them.

Pretty palm shaded lane.  Mostly just golf carts on the road but a few cars/trucks.

The lighthouse here is the only manned kerosene powered lighthouse it the world according to the signage.

Unlike lighthouses in the States, this one is just completely open to the public.    I guess they figure we're capable of not falling off or down the steep stairs on our own.....

Up the 109 steps

I believe these are pressure tanks for the kerosene. The fuel is apparently pulled to this area about 1/2 of the way to the top in 5 gallon jugs via an old block/tackle rope.

Lovely views out of the windows on the way up.

Pretty old cupboard on a landing about 2/3 of the way up.  It wouldn't open (I tried, of course).

The last few steps were more of a ladder.  Beautiful ancient brass handrail.

The machinery that turns the light.

Looking thru the lenses themselves.

To get outside at the top, you have to stoop down and crawl thru this 1/2 door.

The ledge is pretty small and the railing is mid-thigh so it feels really exposed and windy.

But the view is spectacular of Hope Town Harbour.

On the other side of the lighthouse, you can see Sojourn!

Back down the steps.  A lovely visit!

Tired, we turned in our bikes and went back to the boat for an afternoon of naps and reading.

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