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by The Lighthouse Hunters-Christine & Tom Cardaci.
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My husband Tommy and myself, Christine, met in the winter of 1988 when I started my Postal career at the West Long Branch Post Office in West Long Branch, New Jersey. Tommy has been a Letter Carrier for 34 years and I was a Letter Carrier for 18 ½ years. We worked side by side in the office and on the road for over a decade. We've now been happily married for over 20 years.
We've been hunting out the lighthouses for fifteen years now. Our love for the lights first began while we were vacationing in Nova Scotia, Canada. We saw only few but it sparked such an interest that we turned it into our obsession. So our first official lighthouse trip was in Canada back in 1997. We now plan a few vacations a year, and that takes a lot of planning. We try to see as many lighthouses as we can during our adventures. We both love the outdoors and love to travel to places we've never been before and some we have.
We've photographed 1,274
lighthouses so far in the United States and Canada. We've photographed 802 out of the 829 lighthouses in the USA. That's 96% of our country we've seen. Then we've photographed 472 in Canada plus one that was destroyed. The beautiful clouds, rocks, trees and water make the lighthouse views fantastic. We've traveled to the Great Lakes, both the American and Canadian side, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Quebec, Canada, the United States' east and west coast including Hawaii and Alaska, and the south. There are still a few lights we haven't had the chance to see yet. Most of them require a charter boat or charter plane because they are far off-shore or on restricted grounds.
We love the adventure of finding the lighthouses and as you know, some are strenuous! We've both have either fallen, slipped, or tumbled during our treks. We've been through all types of weather while on our excursions, some while on land and some while on the water. Definitely, some days have been better than others. We were in our first seaplane down in Florida in 2004 and a prop-plane in Hawaii also in 2004. We were in 4 float planes and a wheel plane while in Alaska in 2005. Then in another wheeled plane in Maine in 2007. When in Michigan and in California in 2010 we had to charter planes also. We're lucky that the motion sickness patch works! They all were pretty exciting and fun. There will be many more charters in our future. We love to see the lights from the different heights while going 120 mph past it. We especially loved photographing the Point Conception lighthouse and cliffs in California in 2010.
The interior of our home is decorated in a nautical theme, with many lighthouses scattered throughout. Our favorite place to shop used to be at the Lighthouse Depot in Maine (now closed). We proudly display many framed, enlarged lighthouse photos that we shot while on vacations. They are great conversation pieces and everyone is amazed! We're members of the American Lighthouse Foundation www.LighthouseFoundation.org
, the Great Lake Lightkeepers Association www.gllka.com
, the Chesapeake Chapter of the USLHS www.ChesLights.org
, the New Jersey Lighthouse Society www.NJLHS.org
, and New England Lighthouse Lovers www.nell.cc
. In March 2006 I entered 3 photos in the NJ Lighthouse Society's annual photo contest and 2 of my photos won. That was very exciting! East Point Lighthouse in NJ won 1st place and Bodie Island in NC won 2nd place. How cool was that for my 1st time?
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