Saturday, 20 June 2015

Green Point Lighthouse - Pleasant Way to Spend an Afternoon

Make a drive to Port de Grave a part of your Newfoundland island tour. 
Basil and I have been here over 2 1/2 years and we've barely scratched the surface of what there is to see in our little neighbourhood. Now mind you, every once in awhile, we do drive down to the Port de Grave harbour to look at the boats. Immaculately kept and well maintained, they are a treat to look at. Looking at these longliners, you can see the pride of ownership--many decorated with personalized paintings of scenes and family. 
But one thing I've never done is gone down to look at the Green Point Lighthouse at the tip of the peninsula, right at Hibbs Cove.



Whenever any of our guests let me know that they like hiking or walking trails, I've always recommended the lighthouse but had never gone myself. Basil has gone down quite often while I've kept myself busy cleaning, cooking, etc. So, the other day when all four of my rooms were staying two nights or more (no rooms to change over!), we jumped on the ATV and took a little drive for some us time. Now, you can drive with your car to a certain point, but as you can see, you'll have to park and do the rest on foot. But it's well worth it. This just looks like it's a road going to nowhere, but that's definitely not the case.



















Built in 1883, the lighthouse was originally powered with kerosene and later converted to electricity in 1931.  A few years after that, it was decided that there was no longer a need to be manned and became automated. And today, it runs off solar batteries.
A unique feature of this lighthouse when it was first built, was an additional bank of lights that were to shine on some of the dangerous rocks that were located just offshore.

















And even though dangerous to oncoming vessels, the area sports its own unique beauty with the rock and craters filled with sea water, seaweed and sea creatures.

We found ourselves a smooth boulder lodged along the edge of the cliff and just stared out at the ocean.


















It was a relaxing afternoon and I sometimes take those for granted. We saw only one other person on our little adventure. It was like we were the only two people on the island.
And those afternoons are few and far between during our season. But, the next time I can get out of the laundry room and out to do some touring.....

You can be sure that I'll jump at that chance!

Our season has quickly filled up but we still have some openings available in July and August. Come for a visit to The Bayside Bed and Breakfast and discover your little out-of-the-way places.

The Bayside Bed and Breakfast


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