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One day in Northern Florida

Seeing as we only had one day in Northern Florida, we decided to see a few things – Flagler Beach on the way to Daytona Beach, Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, and the Daytona International Speedway.

Flagler Beach

On the way to Flagler Beach
On the way to Flagler Beach

Little did we know there was a surfing competition happening!
Little did we know there was a surfing competition happening!
The 15th annual Tommy Tant Memorial Surf Classic
The 15th annual Tommy Tant Memorial Surf Classic

Daytona Beach

It was chilly.
It was chilly.
Clearly it was off season.

 

Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse

This was a cool place to visit – the land around the lighthouse (a still active one, mind you) was transformed into a historic landmark, where you can step back in time to experience what it was like living at a remote location as a light keeper. These men had to check their oil supplies and climb the tower to tend the lens multiple times a day. No electricity. Think about it.

At 175 feet tall, this is the tallest lighthouse in Florida. The brick walls are eight feet thick at the bottom and two feet thick at the top.
Had to take a picture of this!
Had to take a picture of this!
The Second Assistant Keeper's dwelling.
The Second Assistant Keeper’s dwelling. Each keeper (principal, first and second assistant) and their family had their own homes on the land.
An office of one of the keeper's
An office of one of the keeper’s.
Looking up!
Looking up!
We climbed 203 steps...
We climbed 203 steps…
...to see these gorgeous views!
…to see these gorgeous views!

The active lamp (the third order lens) is a 1200-watt lamp.
The active lamp (the third order lens) is a 1200-watt lamp. It was a’spinning when we were there!
The first beacon was a "first order fixed Fresnel lens" (kerosene-based), whose light could be seen nearly 20 miles out to sea. In 1933, it was replaced by a third order Fresnel lens, illuminated by a 500-watt frosted bulb, seen 18 miles at sea.
The first beacon was a “first order fixed Fresnel lens” (kerosene-based), whose light could be seen nearly 20 miles out to sea. In 1933, it was replaced by a third order Fresnel lens, illuminated by a 500-watt frosted bulb, seen 18 miles at sea.
Another view
An 18th century anchor!
An 18th century anchor!

There are a few other buildings to see (a lens exhibit, oil storage, pump house) so it was well worth a trip, even just to see the views at the top of the light tower!

Daytona International Speedway

I’m sad to say we arrived 11 minutes after closing time, so we couldn’t get a tour 🙁 We did hear the VROOOOM VROOOOOM of cars driving around the track though! Not quite the same, I know.

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