Aboard the Black Pearl.
I climbed aboard the Black Pearl for a day cruise to the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse. A guide from the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse Association entertained us with trivia and jokes along the way.
Armed with my sketchbook, I was delighted when we arrived at Hillsboro Inlet.
Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse stands guard.
A tropical paradise awaited. We were met by swaying palm trees and snorkelers enjoying the azure ocean.
The coast of Hillsboro Inlet lighthouse.
People relaxed along the pristine shoreline. A few small boats were anchored in the inlet as swimmers took a plunge.
The Coast Guard gladly extended the red carpet for us. The Guard takes pride in protecting our coasts and takes lighthouses seriously.
Hammocks and palm trees behind the inlet.
During World War I and World War II, the Coast Guard did beach patrols here. A marker explains how a German raider M/S was seized at this site.
A statue of the “Barefoot Postman” is in honor of James E. Hamilton who gave his life delivering the mail. These postmen ran bare footed along the shore and paddled across waterways to deliver the mail.
A view from atop the lighthouse.
No trip to a lighthouse is complete without a climb to the top for a breathtaking view.
The Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse is open to the public during tours. For more information, contact the Hillsboro Lighthouse Association at www.hillsborolighthouse.org