The Tibbets Point Lighthouse in Cape Vincent NY is at the start of the St. Lawrence River and the outflow of Lake Ontario, so for us it marks the true beginning of the Great Lakes portion of our journey.
The photo below shows (from left to right) the lighthouse keeper’s residence, the lighthouse itself, and the foghorn building.
Inside the foghorn building is an exhibit featuring the ancient Ingersoll-Rand compressor, a couple of massive air tanks with which to blow the horn, and, on the wall, this tribute to a benefactor of the lighthouse historical site:
In high school, we always knew that my ninth-grade French teacher, Dr. Hetzler, spent her summers in some exotic place, but never knew exactly where – and I probably haven’t thought about it or her for almost 50 years – so it was with great surprise that this familiar-looking portrait and that familiar-sounding name came together and the memory suddenly reappeared. Small world!*
*But I’d hate to have to paint it…