Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Little Red Lighthouse

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge is a beloved and well-known (at least up here in the Northeast) children's book by Hildegarde Swift (1942). It tells the story of a little red lighthouse that warned ships of the dangerous rocks nearby. The lighthouse felt very important and proud of its job until one day a huge gray bridge, complete with a warning light of its own, was built right above it. Suddenly the lighthouse felt worthless--until one night, when a ship crashed on the rocks because it couldn't see the warning light high up on top of the bridge. Then the lighthouse, though now aware of its small size, finally felt needed again!
The book was based on this little lighthouse beneath the George Washington Bridge.

We recently walked across the entire bridge, over the Hudson River to New Jersey, and back. The bridge has a pedestrian/bike path along it and is about 2-3 miles long. It was a nice, long walk, and it offered some beautiful views of the city. We took these pictures underneath the bridge.


And finally, I just have to share this picture too because it's so darn cute. When we were down by the water, we saw a squirrel sticking its head out of a tree!

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