This scheme to tour the Fire Island Lighthouse almost didn't happen. Some of my photographer friends and I hoped to climb to the top of the lighthouse for a sunset view. These tours are run by volunteers, so once the sun starts setting later, the volunteers are home living their own lives. This Monday or Tuesday would be our last chance. Friday brought us winter storm Reggie, with brutally cold and windy weather surrounding it. Winter storm Stella was forecast for Tuesday, so we hoped the weather would hold for a Monday trip. We lucked out in spectacular fashion.
We had partly cloudy skies, with relatively warm temperatures. The wind that had been brutally whipping us lately subsided, seemingly just long enough to allow us this gorgeous evening.
The climb up was nearly as beautiful as the view from the top.
There was a bit of wind at the top, but it was from the east, so nothing stopped us from enjoying the view to the west. We looked out over the Fire Island Inlet Bridge and the Robert Moses Water Tower. There's a small building just to the north of the lighthouse that houses the old ocean rescue boat.
I highly recommend taking a tour of the lighthouse. Check the Fire Island National Seashore website for times. The volunteers are wonderful, the history is fascinating, and the scenery can't be beat!