May 2005 - My first adventure
of 2005 was a great one! I got to see a bunch of
lighthouses, and go on a boat for the first time!
My friends Bob and Nancy had
decided to do a lighthouse cruise to see five
offshore lighthouses. They had done two of these
cruises the previous weekend, during the Long Island
Lighthouse Challenge, but I couldn't go on those
since Bob and Nancy, and all my other human friends,
were working on the Challenge all day both days and
I couldn't be away from home that long.
On this day, Bob, Diane,
and Judy didn't have to leave for the cruise until
about 2pm. This meant I could go along.
Bob packed up my carrier
with my dish, water bottle, treats, blue sweatshirt
(it can get cool on a boat), my new harness (so they
could hold me better on the boat), and the usual
stuff, and we left for Greenport. It took us about
an hour to get there, but I like traveling in the
car, so that was okay.
Before we went to the boat,
I visited the
Seaport Museum, which owns the Long Beach Bar
Lighthouse. I met a new friend, Rich, who volunteers
at the museum.
We met Nancy, her husband
Jeff, and their kids, Chris, Jackie and Rachel, at
the boat. I was happy to see them, since I hadn't
visited them in a while (everyone was so busy
getting ready for the Lighthouse Challenge).
We boarded the boat after
4pm. I met Captain Dave and a few other new people.
When we had everyone on board, we set sail for
We first saw the Long Beach
Bar Lighthouse. This one is a replica of an 1871
lighthouse. It's real pretty. The original
lighthouse burned in 1963, and was replaced with
this one in 1990.
Our next lighthouse was the
Orient Point Light. It looks like a big sparkplug!
On the way to this lighthouse, the water started
getting rough. I was okay, though, and not at all
frightened (the wind was the only thing that
bothered me). At the lighthouse, there were waves on
one side, but calm water on the other side, as the
tide was going out.
Next, we crossed a waterway
called Plum Gut to go see the Plum Island
Lighthouse. Plum Island is an island owned by the
Department of Homeland Security. They have an animal
disease center there, and access to the island is
restricted. People can sometimes go there on special
trips, but I would never be allowed there. The
lighthouse was easy to see in the late-day sun.
In front of the Plum Island
Lighthouse, we could see the rocks that were placed
to help stop erosion. The bluff in front of the
lighthouse has been shrinking for years, and there
was a real danger of the lighthouse falling into the
water if something had not been done. Fortunately,
the Long Island Chapter of the US Lighthouse Society
arranged for some rocks for the project a few years
ago and Homeland Security had the rocks placed
recently. The lighthouse should now be safe from
erosion from waves. Next there will be plants put
above the rocks to keep rain from washing away the
bluff from the top.
After we got a good look at
the Plum Island Light, we went around the north side
of the island to see the Little Gull Island
Lighthouse. The water was rough as we passed Plum
Island and Great Gull Island on our way to see the
lighthouse. Captain Dave didn't want to get too
close to the lighthouse because the wind and waves
were getting worse, but we got a pretty good look at
the lighthouse, anyway.
Captain Dave decided not to
go to see the Race Rock Lighthouse because the waves
near that lighthouse would be rougher, so we decided
to go to the Cedar Island Lighthouse. I was there by
land last year, but now I would get to see it from a
To get to Cedar Island, we
had to go past Gardiner's Island. On the north side
of the island, which we passed, there are ruins of
an old Army fort, Fort Tyler. There's not much left
now -- most of the fort has fallen into the water.
Once we got past Gardiner's
Island, the water calmed down quite a bit. We went
on to see the Cedar Island Light, then started to go
back to the dock in Greenport. We got back to the
dock about 9:30. We stayed on the boat talking to
Captain Dave and relaxing a bit.
On the way home, I napped.
I got such a good nap that I was wide awake when I
got home. So I stayed up for a while and played with
My first adventure for 2005
was a great one! What a way to start out the year. I
have heard Bob talking about my next adventure
already. I can't wait!