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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Day Three... Kind Of

So our next disaster actually began at about 11pm - when our power went out. There was a pretty bad storm going on with high winds, heavy rains and even marble sized hail. With the power being out - several neighbor guys felt the need to walk around outside with bright flashlights and talk loudly to each other - for 2 1/2 hours. I am a light sleeper and take a fan along on trips because I want to have something to dull the noise. So I did not get much sleep that night- at least not until after 1:30am. The rest of the night I slept pretty good actually ---thankfully.

I was not too happy the next morning to find our car blocked in:
 
We had planned on staying 2 nights on SPI - but after all the noise and being blocked into our parking spot - we decided that we did not want to stay the second night. So we packed our things up.
Our plans for the day were in Port Isabel anyway - so we drove back over the Queen Isabel Causeway - which wasn't as scary as I thought it was going to be. And we headed to the Port Isabel Lighthouse- the main reason for this vacation. There are quite a few lighthouses in Texas but this is the only one that is open to the public. And since my husband loves lighthouses - this was our vacation destination.
Most of the tourist things don't open till 10am. So we had some time to kill- so we walked out onto the long pier. It is to the right of the causeway in the above photo. Here is another photo take of it while we were already on the pier:
 
Here is a photo of the pier from the top of the lighthouse- and you can also see a bit of the Queen Isabel Causeway to the right.


Once the lighthouse opened  - we went to the lighthouse caretakers home to purchase tickets - to not only tour the lighthouse - but also to two other museums that were across the street.



Here is another great photo of the lighthouse:
View from the top:
You can actually see the two museums that are across the street - the big white building and the one to the left of it.
 
 The white house down below is the lighthouse care takers cottage - well it used to be. And you can see the cause way from this photo!
After going through both of the museums - we were back on the road - probably about 12:30 - 1:00pm - heading back to Victoria Texas. I am going to have to do the rest of this day on another post - since I have more to share for day 3!
 
*By the way- when we first got to Port Isabel - my husband and I were both a little disappointed at how small the light house looked. We were thinking - is that really it?

But let me tell you what- with the steep, spiral stair case- I actually had to stop about 3/4th of the way up for a breather... I sure wished that more air got into the lighthouse- it was breezy outside- but not as much air inside.
 
When we got to the top we could see for quite a ways all the way around the lighthouse.
 
We realized how steep the stairs were - especially on the way down. And when by the time we got to the museum across the street - we both really felt sore in our thighs. One of the museums had 2 flights of stairs to climb. Oh goodness. And surprisingly the going down those stairs were almost as bad. We were do glad that the lighthouse had not been any taller!!
It was worth the time, effort and money-but goodness what a workout! :O)

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