After our stop at Birch Point State Park, we proceeded to Owl’s Head Lighthouse, just about 10 minutes away. Although there has been a lighthouse at this point since 1825, the current lighthouse has been presiding over the entrance to Rockland Harbor since 1852. One may wonder how a short, 30 foot tower can serve as a beacon of warning for sailors, but the placement of the lighthouse on a high cliff that places it 100 feet above sea level, enables the beacon to perform its duty.
From the parking lot, there seemed to be two options for visitors; a path which we found out later led to a picnic area and a dirt road that led directly to the lighthouse. We decided to stroll on the road which kept the harbor in constant view as we made our way towards the structure. Short paths through the trees presented the opportunity to observe the open water. Earlier in the day, my youngest daughter had told us of a game she plays called “bird or buoy”, where a person attempts to identify an object on the water. We discovered how amusing this could be during this walk when my husband proclaimed that it was really interesting the way the birds were floating on the water in perfect alignment. Of course our friend and I gave him a hard time as we told him that those weren’t birds but buoys.
After ribbing him for a while, we proceeded towards our destination. Arriving at the lighthouse, we all had to take our obligatory picture of the beacon at the top of a long flight of stairs. I guess it is the perspective that lends itself to frequent photographs.
Pictures done, we climbed the stairs for a better view. It was here that I discovered another path leading down, presumably to the picnic area. The trail did not seem well defined and giving my recent mishaps I concluded that it was not worth the risk to explore this steep descent. Confining my explorations to the area around the lighthouse, I spotted a spectacular array of leaves attached to a rather nasty cluster of thorns. Despite the thorns, the intense shades of yellow and red were inspiring.
Done with our explorations at Owl’s Head, we decided to visit one more lighthouse before we called it a day. A short drive later, we were making our way along a short path towards the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. This lighthouse sits at the end of an almost mile long breakwater. Since we arrived at low tide, our goal was to walk out to the lighthouse and back. We soon changed our minds when we stepped on to the breakwater and were buffeted by a rather stiff, cold, wind. Someone made the wise decision that the lighthouse would still be there during our friend’s next visit and we abandoned our walk in search of warmer quarters.