OBX Trip 2015: Light Bright

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The Hatteras Light, with its ascending black and white spirals, is one of the most recognizable and beloved sights on the Outer Banks.  It’s a must-visit for us each time we vacation on Hatteras.  As kids, my brother and friend and I used to make a beeline for the lighthouse as soon as possible – in addition to being imposing and extremely cool, it was the headquarters for the Junior National Seashore Ranger program (a favorite vacation activity) and the backdrop for a Wednesday night campfire at which the adult Seashore Rangers would strum guitars, sing songs, and tell ghost stories to a crowd of appreciative kids and parents.  All this is to say, the Hatteras Light is a fixture of our beach vacations and I couldn’t wait to see my kids enjoying it too.

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In an effort to get a little more ocean time, Steve and I decided to mix up the routine one morning and hit Lighthouse Beach instead of doing our usual sound-lunch-nap-ocean.  The first order of business was a visit to the lighthouse itself.

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(I had to walk halfway across a field to get the entire lighthouse in my frame.)

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Near the lighthouse is the ranger station, a small Outer Banks museum, and gift shop.  We didn’t stop in this time, but hopefully next time we’re in the area we’ll find ourselves there a lot – I can’t wait until Peanut is old enough for the Junior Seashore Ranger program!

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You can climb the lighthouse, but Steve is not a fan of heights.  So we kept our feet planted on the ground and just enjoyed a stroll around the structure.

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On our way to the beach, we spotted this imprint of a little friend in the concrete!

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After visiting the lighthouse itself, we set up camp for the morning on Lighthouse Beach.  We don’t usually go to Lighthouse Beach during the days because it’s a bit further from our rental house than our usual beach is.  But it made for a fun change from the usual.

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Nugget and I hung out in the beach tent and checked out the action.  The waves were a-rollin’!

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And the view in the other direction was pretty nice, too:

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You can see why it’s called Lighthouse Beach!

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Nugget wasn’t as impressed with the lighthouse as I was.  Well, he’ll get there.

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Goodbye until next time, Hatteras Light!

What landmark (man-made or natural) says “vacation” to you?

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