During an afternoon visit to Sanders’ home, Brian and I were able to walk with our host and tour guide to the Gibbs’ Lighthouse. Bermuda has a well maintained Railway Trail system allowing walkers, runners, pedal bikes, and horses to traverse the island safely and scenically. Sanders accompanied us on our nearly eight mile track to and from the lighthouse, part of which we walked on the Railway Trail.
Gibbs’ Lighthouse was built in 1846. Bermuda limestone, which had been intended for the lighthouse base, was too soft to support the 20 foot tall 5,500 pound lantern purchased from England to light the tower. Instead, Alexander Gordon designed a cast iron base; 135 concentric cast iron plates in a base of 20 feet of concrete. The plates were fabricated and shipped to Bermuda where the lighthouse was pieced together.
We climbed the 185 steps to the top for a panoramic view of the island.
At the end of the day, Sanders, Brian, and I had tired legs and were happy to settle in for a tasty supper back at the house.