Friday, September 22, 2017

Souvenirs from the 2017 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge

Mission accomplished!

In an earlier post, I mentioned our planned exploration of Chesapeake Bay lighthouses during the 2017 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge. I'm writing to say, 

"We made it! We have seen the lights!"

We visited 12 lights in 36 hours. We rode 540 miles to visit lighthouses from the northern tip of the Chesapeake Bay in Havre de Grace to the southernmost tip of Maryland at Point Lookout, and from Baltimore's Inner Harbor across the Bay Bridge to Cambridge. 

In addition to crossing the Bay, we traversed tributaries including the Potomac, Patapsco, Severn, Choptank, and South Rivers. That is a lot of bridges, but bridges are the subject of a different post!

A map showing the twelve lights we visited around the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries

By participating in the challenge, we earned a special prize at each stop we made during the two-day tour. The prize was a colorful coaster imprinted with a photo of the subject lighthouse.

We received a coaster as a souvenir at each stop. The top coaster commemorates the 2017 Challenge.
The second row contains coasters from the first three stops

Coasters from stops 4 through 9

Coasters from stops 10 through 12 plus the "Finishers" coaster at the bottom.

Do you like lighthouses? Have you ever just gone on a two-wheel tour of lighthouses around the Bay? We signed up for the challenge and I am glad we did! I highly recommend it!

The challenge is a fundraiser for the US Lighthouse Society to help pay for upkeep of the lighthouses. For more information, please visit the USLHS website here: