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I thought about Dante’s quote “The Path to Paradise begins in Hell” after visiting New Dorp Lighthouse.
Access to New Dorp Lighthouse has been difficult since its inception in 1855. Surrounded by a Moravian Cemetery and a daunting forest, light keepers faced challenges getting to the lighthouse. The government’s right of way was a tiny path through the trees. The government had to cede land to the owners of the cemetery to gain access to their roadway.
When I visited New Dorp Lighthouse, I felt like I was reliving the challenges of the first light keepers.
My son and I climbed over a perilous trail in the darkness to reach the lighthouse. As we approached the lighthouse, a ray of sunlight pierced the darkness and bounced off the humble lighthouse and lighted our way.
To sketch the lighthouse, I stood on a slippery incline while trying to keep my balance behind a fence in a threatening forest.