A Trip To The Cape May Lighthouse

18 Jul

July 18, 2015

I went to Cape May last week and one of the highlights was the Cape May Lighthouse. I’ve always liked lighthouses ever since I saw my first episode of Scooby Doo. I was only slightly disappointed that the lighthouse wasn’t haunted and the keeper wasn’t an old man in a monster mask, but in every other respect it was very cool.

The Cape May Lighthouse

The Cape May Lighthouse

The lighthouse is over 157 feet tall and to get to the top you have to climb a classic winding staircase. It was a long climb but it was worth it because the view from the top was amazing. The walkway is wide open and visitors can walk around the entire circumference.

Watch the video below and check out the pictures in the gallery.

Click on the thumbnails to enlarge.

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27 Responses to “A Trip To The Cape May Lighthouse”

  1. zathra July 18, 2015 at 12:27 am #

    Watch the classic Doctor Who episode ” Horror at Fang Rock “. It was set on a lighthouse, & was most likely the CHEAPEST, B – Movie – est episode of the classic series I ever saw. The alien du jour looked liked a head of lettuce smeared with lime jell – o & wrapped in shrink – wrap.
    Your light house made me think of it. It was like A British version of Scooby – Doo without the van, & the 4th Doctor & Leela instead of Daphne, Velma, Fred, Shaggy, & Scooby. 🙂

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    • bmj2k July 18, 2015 at 12:49 am #

      Despite all that (and you are totally right about all of it) that’s still a great episode. But for the worst, cheapest, overall horrible monster, that award goes to the Myrka in Warriors of the Deep.

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      • zathra July 18, 2015 at 3:32 am #

        Guys in rubber suits….. Guess CGI has an upside, even if some people kvetch about it putting set designers & model builders out of work.

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        • bmj2k July 18, 2015 at 3:38 am #

          I think GCI has its place, but there is a realism to non-cgi that can’t be beat. In this clip, you believe the skeletons exist.

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          • zathra July 18, 2015 at 3:57 am #

            Hey, when I was a kid, I did !

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          • Mac of BIOnighT July 18, 2015 at 11:12 pm #

            Ray Harryhausen was god.

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            • bmj2k July 18, 2015 at 11:16 pm #

              Timeless work.

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            • zathra July 19, 2015 at 1:51 am #

              Back in the day when special effects was an art – form, instead of key – strokes & mouse clicks.

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              • Mac of BIOnighT July 19, 2015 at 10:24 am #

                Exactly. Not that CGI doesn’t require skills, but the old fashioned methods were so fascinating and were, as you say, always a form of art. CGI is art only sometimes – rarely, actually…

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                • bmj2k July 19, 2015 at 6:00 pm #

                  CGI works great with anything that doesn’t have to move or interact with the real actors. It has a place, but it doesn’t gel with real things.

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                  • zathra July 19, 2015 at 7:07 pm #

                    I can’t master digital art to save my life, or digital imagery. The most I can do is tweak some pics that I take with my cell – cam to look psychedelic / like album covers. That’s ** it **.

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                    • bmj2k July 19, 2015 at 7:34 pm #

                      Yeah, we can all see my digital “skills” on this blog.

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                  • zathra July 19, 2015 at 7:10 pm #

                    You remember Babylon 5 ? Great characters. Great plots. Dodgy special effects pretty much out of an 80’s / early 90’s video game.

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                    • bmj2k July 19, 2015 at 7:33 pm #

                      OK, but the problem is, many movies with much bigger budgets have the same dodgy effects.

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                    • zathra July 19, 2015 at 11:48 pm #

                      B5’s special FX were literally done by an Atari ( ? ) ” Video Toaster “. Too geometrical & hard to believe. You could TELL that a spaceship was digitally produced rather than a physical model.

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                    • bmj2k July 20, 2015 at 12:02 am #

                      Yup. They lacked that feel that they existed.

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  2. T E Stazyk July 18, 2015 at 3:04 am #

    I thought you liked lighthouses after reading The White Ship!

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    • bmj2k July 18, 2015 at 3:07 am #

      Yup!
      I’ve never done much sea traveling or living by the sea, but one day I was looking at my bookcase and realized that I have a lot of books about the sea- true stories, from various eras. At that point I realized that I the sea. I’ve also liked lighthouses, maybe because of the amazing solitary setting, since I can remember. This was my first visit to one.

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      • zathra July 18, 2015 at 3:36 am #

        Everybody ( Well, ALMOST ) gave my dad lighthouse reproductions, assuming that since he was in the Navy he probably liked them. We’ll never know if he did or not…..

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        • bmj2k July 18, 2015 at 3:39 am #

          I’d guess some navy guys might be sick of the sea! (Or maybe just the navy.)

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          • zathra July 18, 2015 at 4:00 am #

            He’d talk about his Guadalcanal days quite a bit ( & we had to get him to dial back on using the word ” Jap ” a lot, even back in the pre – PC days ).

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  3. Matt Cowan July 18, 2015 at 9:34 am #

    Lighthouses are fun. I was even thinking about scheduling a week-long vacation to Three Skeleton Key this summer.

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    • bmj2k July 18, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

      LOL, that made my morning.

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  4. Fashionable Librarian July 18, 2015 at 10:26 am #

    Reblogged this on Concierge Librarian.

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  5. Mac of BIOnighT July 18, 2015 at 11:14 pm #

    To me “lighthouse” means two things: The Fog, by Carpenter, the original from the 80’s, best horror film ever, and episode 2 of The Adventures of Superman, the 50’s TV series. They are both amazing, each in its own way.

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    • bmj2k July 18, 2015 at 11:17 pm #

      Agreed on both counts. And now that I recall, the Superman OTR had at least 2 arcs centered around lighthouses. At least one featured Jimmy Olsen.

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      • Mac of BIOnighT July 18, 2015 at 11:59 pm #

        I don’t remember the other one, but the one I do remember is the one that inspired the TV episode 🙂

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