This was our first full day in Bermuda. We have left the children behind for a long weekend. The first time since the birth of Stephen, who is now nine and a half years old. It is an early celebration of our twenty years of blessed marriage, which will occur this fall, but this seemed like a better time of the year to go to a beach location. Kendra has been wanting to see the pink sand of Bermuda (and her birthday is Saturday.)
"Let the sea roar, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell in it; Let the rivers clap their hands; Let the hills be joyful together before the LORD, For He is coming to judge the earth. With righteousness He shall judge the world, And the peoples with equity."
We began and ended the day with a walk on the beach. The first walk was along the hotel's private beach. It was small, but nice and secluded with umbrellas and chairs neatly arranged. Also, the sand was well groomed.
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."
From the shore, we walked up to the Gibbs' Hill Lighthouse. It is on the highest point of the island and was the second cast iron lighthouse ever built. It was casted and setup in an iron works in London, before being sent over in pieces and reassembled here. It was made of cast iron, a relatively new building material at the time, because of the soft rock of Bermuda was unable to hold the weight of the tower and lamp. It was built because of the number of shipwrecks on the reefs to the west of the island, which extend twelve miles out to sea. There had been a lookout on that hill since the mid-seventeenth century when they were on the lookout for Spanish galleys that might conquer the island.
In the afternoon, we took a long hike on a series of public beaches. This was probably about a three mile hike round trip and required climbing over the rocks to get from beach to beach. It was a pleasant day with beautiful weather. Then we found a spot to watch the sunset before heading back for a gourmet Italian dinner.