Now that the summer season is here…finally…it is great to see the families, bicyclists, hikers, campers, kayakers, motorcyclists and just plan lighthouse enthusiasts back visiting Split Rock Lighthouse and the North Shore.
Even after the many years of living and working at Split Rock and talking to the many visitors to the lighthouse it is obvious that everyone has their own reasons to visit…and to often return many times. There is a saying that nobody hates a lighthouse, and it is plain that many people think very highly of them indeed, even if they do not continue to guide ships every night.
A person could point to all of the philosophical reasons that people relate to a lighthouse. Lighthouses, and light keepers, often conjure up words like romantic, heroic, protective, spiritual and reflective. All of those reflect emotional ties to lighthouses, and their locations along rugged and isolated shorelines, but I think many people just enjoy the experience of being at the contact point between the land, the water, and the human element that a lighthouse adds. Throw in killer scenery, miles of hiking trails, an All-American Roadway to get there on, and miles and miles of cliffs and forests and you have a winning combination.
In any event, the visitors to Split Rock are always friendly and enjoy themselves. It sure makes my job fun and makes it easy to see that “everybody loves a lighthouse”.