Florida Panhandle lights

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I spent Memorial Day weekend up in the panhandle of Florida where I visited the six lighthouses there. My first light was in Pensacola on the Pensacola Naval Air Station. I first came across this light back in 2003, but I didn’t have a camera at the time and the light was closed. So this time, I not only got pictures, I was also able to climb to the top. My next light was the St. Joseph Point Lighthouse in St. Joseph. I was  a little disappointed when I saw there was no light at the top of the privately-owned house, but later found out that the owner plans on putting the light back on. Just down the road was the unique Cape San Blas light. I was shocked to find out that the skeleton structure light was open for climbing, as it normally is not. I then made my way east to St. George Island and the rebuilt Cape St. George light. The climb up this one lead to a small enclosure up top in which you peered out the glass at the surrounding area. The Crooked River Lighthouse in Carabelle followed, with another surprise climbing. Luckily, they opened these lighthouses for the Memorial Day weekend. My final light at St. Mark’s was closed to the public but may have been the nicest, especially the surrounding wildlife refuge.