People from all over the North America attended this year's 2nd International Lighthouse Challenge, "Lights Across the Border," that took place September 12 at West Quoddy Head and Lubec Channel lighthouses in Lubec, Mulholland and Head Harbour lighthouses on Campobello Island and Little River Lighthouse in Cutler.
Organizers for the event reported that the crowds were of an extra good size because of Maine Open Lighthouse Day, which also took place on the same day, saying "We had more children than ever this year, which was great, because they will be the future caretakers of our historic lighthouses and we want to get them involved at an early age. Also, this year, we had two high school student volunteers, Tyler Warner and Andrew Farnsworth, as tower guides at Little River Lighthouse."
One of the big attractions of the day nearly took the thunder away from the lighthouses and that was the whales and the seals. Visitors at Head Harbour Lighthouse on Campobello Island and at West Quoddy Head Lighthouse in Lubec, reported numerous whale sightings in the waters off the lighthouses. Plus, an estimated two dozen or more seals were showing off in the waters around Little River Lighthouse. At one point it seemed as if one seal wanted to climb in a boat and ride with the visitors. One man exclaimed, "I could see his whiskers, I could have petted him!"
As well as raising money for the ongoing restoration and care of the lighthouses, the event served as a boost to the area's economy. All in all in was a good day of family fun that revolved around the great outdoors and historic lighthouses.
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