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OBLHS Retreat Day 1 - Oak Island

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Postby shirin » Wed May 04, 2005 4:04 am


Ok folks. I'm still in the process of up loading photos but figured someone out there would like to see what I've got so far. it's not much but at least its a start.

Friday afternoon the OBLHS Spring 2005 retreat was kicked off with a reception at the Oak Island Live Saving Station. After introductions of our guides for the weekend and an orientation to our schedule, we were off to Fort Caswell for a tour. For those of us who walked over to the site, it was a long walk but for me, a much needed walk after the 2 day trek south.

After our walk we returned to the Oak Island Station and zipped across the street to beging our tour of the Coast Guard station. The group was divided into 4 smaller groups to tour the inside of the station and the CG boats on site. A video showing some of the building of the lighthouse wrapped up the tour. We got to peek inside of the tower but do to the vertical metal ladders that are inside, we were not able to climb the tower. Perhaps another time.

Back over to the Life Saving Station afterwards via the new public beach access ramp that was completed the week before our arrival. We were some of the first people to use the new ramp. At the station we listened to a brief presentation about saving the sea turtles along the beach before being treated to a great clam bake dinner.

I'm sure I'm missing something in here about the events of the day but that's where I have the rest of the Lighthousing.net crew to help fill in the details I'm forgetting at the moment.

A couple of shots before I go this morning that were taken while the group was having dinner...

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Postby Grover1 » Wed May 04, 2005 4:35 am


Shirin,

That would be two for two ...

Thanks for starting my day with those shots.

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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Wed May 04, 2005 4:38 am


Ditto for me, Shirin!! Those are quite awesome. :D
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Postby Pharoslvr » Wed May 04, 2005 4:58 am


Thanks for the narrative, Shirin...those photos are awesome too, especially the second one :!:

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Postby shirin » Wed May 04, 2005 5:15 am


Thanks all! I liked the 2nd one best as well so it's already my background here at work. I wish I had more to show you this morning but it takes so darn long to upload photos with a dial up connection.
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Postby Zachary » Wed May 04, 2005 5:22 am


Great pics, I look forward to seeing the interior, a question about the optic, is it multiple aerobeacon lamps arranged in a chandelier?
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Postby beachbum1616 » Wed May 04, 2005 5:43 am


I hadn't thought of sunset photos at Oak Island. You did a good job with these! Wating for more!
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Postby vacastle » Wed May 04, 2005 6:18 am


Absolutely beautiful shots, Shirin! I'll try to get a few of mine loaded this evening and really looking forward to seeing MANY more Shirin, Stephen, and Christina photos. :D

The hospitality we received the entire weekend was tremendous. From our hosts, Judy & Gary Studer who own and live in the Lifesaving Station and opened their home to 60+ of us, to the town officials, to the staff of the Oak Island Coast Guard Station along with the Coast Guard Auxillary, to the volunteer tour guides along the way, and to the staff of the Old Baldy Foundation, we owe a great deal of thanks and gratitude.

I do believe our 2nd OBLHS Spring Retreat can be declared a huge success due to a lot of work from many friends. We hope many more of you can join us next year. Stay tuned for new adventures!

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Postby shirin » Wed May 04, 2005 6:22 pm


A couple more Oak Island shots for your viewing pleasure.

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Postby beachbum1616 » Wed May 04, 2005 7:41 pm


Shirin,

Was that second one in your second post also taken from the beach across from the light?
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Postby vacastle » Wed May 04, 2005 7:45 pm


:yay: :yay:
Terrific! Love the one with the seagulls! Thank you :D

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Postby shirin » Thu May 05, 2005 3:51 am


Yes Stephen, that last photo was taken from the beach across the street. We all went over to the beach using the brand new beach access ramp just completed the week prior to our trip. As for the birds, they were an accident, but a welcomed one for sure.
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Postby lighthsedi » Thu May 05, 2005 3:59 am


The photo with the bird is great. Everytime I would put my camera away a seagull would fly into view so I'd get my camera out and NO birds. I'd put it away and the birds were back. Bruce Roberts and I stood there for about 10 minutes waiting for birds but no luck. Shirin has the lucky touch!

Looking forward to seeing the group shot. :D
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Postby Zachary » Thu May 05, 2005 5:31 am


Great photos, are you ging to post photos of the interior?
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Postby shirin » Thu May 05, 2005 6:44 am


I only took one shot of the interior of Oak Island and it turned out rather crummy so I don't think I'll be taking the time to upload that one Zachary. Taking interior shots is not something I always think of to do when I'm visiting a light. Now that I see the shots of Price's Creek, I really should start remembering to do that too.

But, I can tell you that the reason they didn't want people climbing was due to the vertical metal ladders inside. Not exactly an easy climb for a tower of that size. Turkey Point in Maryland still has the vertical metal ladders as well and that was a bit much for many people and it was only 2-3 short ladders compared to the ones at Oak island. But, I'm sure if given the opportunity, I'd climb Oak Island too.
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