Saturday, February 5, 2011

Diamond Head Lighthouse

This is one place that most people never get to tour. But because I'm special, I got to go.

Actually this is a case of just knowing the right people. Our friends who popped up to surprise us know the people who live by this lighthouse. It's in a gated area and in the yard of their house. You can see it from the road and the beach, but you can't get close to it or go in it unless you know the folks who live there.

Or know someone who knows the folks who live there.

We went with three of our favorite families. The Diamond Head Lighthouse is on the southern side of the island. You can read about it here if you are so inclined.

Before we even walked in to the lighthouse, we stood on the retainer wall to watch the whales. I have never seen them so active! They were leaping out of the water over and over. One lay on his side and whapped his flipper onto the water again and again. Another one kept slapping his tail down. It was an amazing display and now ranks up there in one of the top best days of my life.

We got to go inside the caretakers cottage which is now used as a guest house.

It is the cutest little house inside with a kitchen and bathroom. I'd love to stay there but will most likely never have the opportunity.

Then we headed inside the actual lighthouse. At the base there is a guest book for everyone to sign as they go in. We all signed it in case we are ever famous and they want to frame it and put it on the wall to show that we were once there. This particular framed page from the guest book shows the month of December in 1941. On the 7th someone wrote, "Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor". No one signed the guest book again until the 21st.

We climbed all the way to the top, up a spiral staircase. I was a nervous wreck while we were out on the ledge. That rail looked pretty flimsy. I stayed near the wall.

We even got to see the lens which was really cool. The view in both directions was amazing!


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