I ran a poll over the past week or so asking, "In the next year, which of the following are you most likely to do?" Here are the results:
Visit one or more lighthouses within a couple of hours of home - 72%
Visit one or more lighthouses more than a couple of hours away - 81%
Take a lighthouse cruise - 72%
Take a lighthouse bus or van tour - 18%
Read a book about lighthouses - 72%
Read about lighthouses online - 81%
These results aren't very surprising, but I am disappointed that only 27% said they'd volunteer. Granted, only 11 people responded, and that's not a very representative sampling. Still, I'd be more optimistic about the future of lighthouses if more people realized that preservation takes time and effort. I should have also included "Donate money to a lighthouse organization" as one of the options. As far as I'm concerned, anyone who professes to love lighthouses needs to do something for their preservation, whether it's a donation of time or money. It doesn't have to be a huge amount of money -- every dollar counts.