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Tybee Island Lighthouse and Museum

At the Fort Benning Graduation ceremony at Fort Benning, Georgia on May 7, 2010, on a road trip that covered over 5,000 miles in 23 days and went almost from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. Five days out of Arizona was our first layover in Fort Benning, Georgia for the Turning Blue and Graduation Ceremony of my cousin's grandson on the 6th and 7th of May, 2010.

Our next stop of interest was the Tybee Island Lighthouse on Tybee Island, Georgia. The selection of photos of the Lighthouse and the Museum cannot begin to give you the soul-stirring feeling for the history of the lighthouse nor the thrilling experience of reaching the top of the lighthouse.

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© Bobbie Jean Peachey

There are at least 9,000 black iron steps that go almost straight up to the top of this historic lighthouse. I quit counting the steps after about 50 or so as I had to save my breath for huffing and puffing. (NOTE: There are really only 178 steps to the top of the lighthouse, but it feels like 9,000.) It's a steep but thrilling climb and well worth the effort to make it to the top. Just be sure to stop and rest at each landing on the way up to look out the well placed windows at the shrinking scenery as you go higher and higher. Seats are not provided on each landing but holding yourself up by hanging onto the window for a few minutes to gain your breath is totally acceptable.

When you finally step out on the balcony at the top of the Tybee Lighthouse the sense of accomplishment is invigorating and the scenery is breathtakingly beautiful. Actually, the feeling as you step out onto the balcony is more of heart-stopping terror if you have a fear of heights.

When you do visit the Tybee Lighthouse and climb the steps to the top, look closely at the top of the railing as you step out onto the balcony. You'll notice five small depressions in the iron railing near the door. If you happen to have a magnifying glass available, you'll clearly see my fingerprints embedded into the iron where I held on until they could pry my hand away.
I would have been fine if I had not looked down!

Enjoy these Tybee Island Lighthouse photographs.

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