Making Friends With Lake Erie

Standing on Lake Erie's jagged, rocky coast, I was exhilarated by the crashing waves and freshwater spray. I've never been to an ocean but imagine a similar scene. My dream would be to visit California's Pacific coast at some point. I've been to Virginia City, Nevada and Lake Tahoe but never traveled further west. I adore the mountains and their peaked majesty.......

But I'm getting off topic, aren't I?

Unfortunately, the day was gloomy and rainy when I visited the Marblehead Lighthouse outside of Toledo, Ohio. The drive was nice though and I relished the solitude. Rain sprinkled across The Puma's windshield, offsetting cheesy love songs I had playing softly on the radio. Am I the only one who likes driving itself just to have thinking time? I was exhausted from a week's troubles and was looking to get away for a day trip.

Despite the gloom, Lake Erie was beautiful and the lighthouse was a fascinating historical structure to explore. Built in 1821 using native limestone, the lighthouse still serves as a beacon of safety to passing motor boats and ferries to Kelley's Island nearby. The current 300mm light flashes green every 6 seconds and can be seen for over 11 nautical miles. In 1998, the Federal Government purchased the lighthouse and land surrounding it for Ohio's 73rd state park.

I am one of appreciative thousands who visit and/or picnic on the grounds every year. If you get a chance, stop by and say hello to Lake Erie. This location is the perfect vantage point for viewing the beautiful lake. Kelley's Island is just offshore and offers a wide range of marine activities, several public beaches and quaint restaurants. There is so much to bring one's family to experience so set a date soon!

Have a blessed, restful day and don't forget to be kind to yourself. Much love!

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