The time has finally come. It is officially the month that my travels begin! Excited, nervous, and overwhelmed doesn’t even begin to cover it. As I was working to tie up all my loose ends back home and checking everything off my to-do list, I realized something. I was preparing to race off and see the country, but there were so many places in and around my home town that I had yet to explore. Upon having this thought and an upcoming day off from work, I decided to do some local exploring.
Where did I venture to you ask? The Jupiter Lighthouse of course! This lighthouse has been standing tall since 1860 and hasn’t missed a night of shining it’s light over Jupiter for the past 100 years! The tour I went on lasts about two hours and costs $12.00. You get to climb the lighthouse, explore the restored WWII building which has been converted into a museum, tour the Tindall Pioneer Homestead, and more!
The climb up the lighthouse consisted of 105 steps around a winding staircase. There are windows through out the lighthouse so you’ll feel a cool breeze the entire time ( I feel this is important to mention because I was expecting it to feel like climbing a humid, unventilated, tower- I was wrong). As you make your way up you’ll get multiple view points, each one exceeding the last.
Once we made it to the top I was taken aback by the stunning views. I’ve lived here most of my life, and I’ve seen this view from flying overhead, but there’s something about standing up in the air with sprawling views all around you that makes it even better. The wind breezing past and the smell of salt rising up made it all the more enjoyable.
After the climb down we were taken around some more of the grounds and educated about it’s history. You learn about the Indians that settled there and their battle to maintain this land as their home. You also learn a bit more about what it took to be the keeper of the lighthouse. We then viewed the Tindall Homestead which was still fully furnished and even got to try one of the most delicious tomatoes I’ve ever had straight from the garden!
If you ever have the chance to visit the Jupiter Lighthouse I would highly recommend it. It’s good for all ages (pending they are tall enough to climb the lighthouse), it’s inexpensive, educational, and you’ll get some great photos out of it!
While I’m extremely excited for my trip, I’m so glad I took the time to explore a little bit more of my home. I realize that traveling the country for months on end is not something everyone can do, but we’re all capable of taking the time for a staycation. If you think that isn’t feasible, think again! Most museums and galleries have days with free or discounted entry. If that isn’t in the allotted budget, you could explore a local park or just spend the afternoon walking around town and see where you end up! Pop into that shop you’ve passed every day on the way to work but have never ventured into! I encourage everyone to just take the time to explore your surroundings. We all have a list of places we want to visit and trips we want to take, but I bet there’s plenty of your hometown that’s left to be explored.
I look forward to sharing more with you all as my trip gets closer. I have approximately the first five weeks of the trip planned out and I’d love to share some of those details with you! Once the trip actually begins later this month, expect an influx of posts with all the details! I can’t wait to take you guys on this journey with me and see where this adventure ends up.
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