Like many people, I love lighthouses. Growing up and living in the heart of the Midwest does not give you the opportunity to experience seeing them unless you are around the great lakes area. Thankfully my parents loved to travel, so I was exposed to their charm almost every year. Sometimes it was vacations in the many states that border the great lakes region, and other times it was trips to the costal beaches.
Lighthouse to Chicago IL Harbor
A lighthouse is a tower, building, or framework designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses or, in older times, from a fire and used as an aid to navigation and to pilots at sea or on inland waterways.
Lighthouses are used to mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals and reefs, and safe entries to harbors and can also assist in aerial navigation. Once widely used, the number of operational lighthouses has declined due to the expense of maintenance and replacement by modern electronic navigational aids.
Sanibel Island Lighthouse, Sanibel, FL