I love Hillsboro Lighthouse. The idyllic setting reminds me of Gilligan's Island. While the castaways were marooned, thankfully tour boats departed and embarked regularly. The Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society periodically schedules tours.
Adorned with palm trees and surrounded by a scenic beach, this island paradise is great for swimming and snorkeling. I paused to watch a family anchor their boat offshore and dive playfully into the ocean. While other visitors toured, I sketched and chatted with the Coast Guard crew and their family.
After finishing a cold bottle of water given to me by the Coast Guard, I climbed the lighthouse. I stopped by the statue of “The Barefoot Mailman.” The statue memorializes James Hamilton who mysteriously disappeared while on duty. The first mailmen worked the barefoot route from Palm Beach to Miami because there was no road connecting the 68 mile route. They traveled by boat and walked along a sandy shore.
When I am not traveling to or painting lighthouses, I am writing or researching lighthouses.