I started my fourth season of lighthouse travels
with a day I call my 1-2-3-4 adventure: 1 day. 2
ferry rides. 3 states. 4 lighthouses visited.
Sure, there were other numbers for the day -- 14
hours from start to finish, and 16 lighthouses
seen total, including from the road and the
ferries -- but 1-2-3-4-14-16 is hard to remember.
Our day started when I got up at 5:00 in the
morning and Diane and Bob fed me (Because of the
urinary problem I have had since early 2006, I
have to eat a special food twice a day). Then they
got my carrier and other gear (and Mr. DeOgee!)
packed up and ready to go, and we left the house
at 6:00. We picked up our friend Jackie, who lives
nearby, then drove to the ferry to Connecticut. I
napped on the ferry, but woke up in time to see
the Tongue Point Lighthouse as the ferry pulled
into Bridgeport Harbor.
After a stop in Milford for the humans to get
breakfast, we drove east to the Stonington
Lighthouse. This lighthouse is not too far from
the famous Mystic Seaport museum, which I hope to
visit some day. We parked down by the water, and
from there we could see the Latimer Reef and North
Dumpling lighthouses, which stand between
Connecticut and the north side of Fischer's
The Stonington Lighthouse was just a short walk
away from the parking lot, with me in my flashy
blue carrier. Diane and Jackie took pictures of
the lighthouse, while Bob kept an eye on me. Then
we went inside the lighthouse and saw lots of neat
stuff, including historic farm implements and an
old lighthouse lens. After we had seen all of the
exhibits, we decided to climb the short tower. I
realized, about then, that although I had been to
about 20-25 lighthouses, I had never been in a
lantern room! I was going to the top of a
lighthouse for the first time! This, alone, was
worth the trip.
I stayed in my carrier while we climbed to the
top of the tower. When we got inside the lantern
room, Bob took me out and let me look around!
There was lots to see - water, land, roads,
people, birds, the Latimer Reef Lighthouse -- and
I could the tops of other buildings! With a lot of
adventure still ahead for the day, we didn't stay
"up top" too long, but just long enough for me to
really enjoy it.
There was some more picture taking before we
left to go back to the parking lot. Next to the
parking lot, there was a small beach. The beach
had lots of sand and one of my favorite things: a
sign that said "No Dogs." I walked around for a
little while, and they took more pictures of me.
Jackie took a walk out on the rocky pier to take
more photos and explore out there, but I can't go
on those big rocks. It's too dangerous for me.
We then left Stonington to go to the Watch Hill
Light in Rhode Island. It wasn't too far away, but
it did take us a little while to get to the town
of Watch Hill. From my seat in the back of the
car, I heard complaining up front about bad
directions and the fact that the town was not on
the car's GPS (which Bob calls "Elizabeth").
Despite the poor directions and Elizabeth's lack
of knowledge about Rhode Island, we eventually
found the little town of Watch Hill. We parked in
the main part of town and took a long walk - up a
hill, across the road, down a private road and out
to the lighthouse.
It was very windy out at the lighthouse, and I
don't like the wind. In fact, I think that's the
only thing I don't like about lighthouses. I posed
for some pictures, then walked around in the grass
for a bit. As much as I like walking in the grass,
I dislike the wind even more, so I walked back to
my carrier and crawled inside. I had seen the
lighthouse and sniffed the grass, and I was ready
to get out of the wind. Diane, Jackie and Bob
walked around on the rocks for a while, taking
more pictures and exploring some more, but I
stayed in my carrier, ready to leave. When they
were all done exploring, we made the walk back to
the car. I was a little thirsty, so Bob got out my
water bottle and gave me a drink. You can really
work up a thirst on a lighthouse adventure!
Next it was off to the Point Judith Lighthouse.
This was a little longer drive than the last one,
but we didn't get lost (although Elizabeth
couldn't find Point Judith, either). We parked in
a parking lot next to the Coast Guard station and
walked in. It wasn't as windy as Watch Hill had
been, and it was sunny out now. There was lots of
grass, and even some pretty yellow flowers in the
grass. Jackie and Diane started taking pictures,
and Bob took me out of my carrier to explore the
grounds a little. Being in the grass, in the sun,
and with not much wind was great. As I was walking
around, Bob realized that they hadn't brought the
new videocamera. Luckily, Jackie had a digital
camera that could take short videos. So I walked
down the hill a little ways, sniffed a flower,
then walked back over to my carrier. I did really
well walking down the hill, especially when you
consider I'm not used to walking on hills.
Soon, we left Point Judith and drove back west
to catch a different ferry back to Long Island. We
had to wait a while for the ferry (the first one
was full and we couldn't get on), but it was worth
the wait. We saw several lighthouses from the
ferry, including New London Harbor, New London
Ledge, Orient Point and Plum Island. The sun was
on the not-windy side of the ferry, so we all sat
outside for the ride across the Long Island Sound.
When we arrived at Orient Point, we decided to
stop at one more lighthouse that I had not yet
seen: Horton Point. We walked around the grounds
there for a while, and Diane and Jackie took
pictures, then we got back in the car for the
drive home, about another 90 minutes or so.
When I got home, it was about 8:00 PM. I had
taken a 14-hour adventure and was ready for supper
and a nap! And so ended another exciting day in
my life as a lighthouse kitty. As with all of my
adventures, I had seen some new places, learned
some history, and spent time with people who love
me. It's not a bad life.