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From journal Cape Hatteras National Seashore
by Leo & Pat
September 24, 2005
We also visited the Bodie Island Lighthouse, which is about 8 miles south of Nags Head, and Currituck Beach Lighthouse, which is on the northern Outer Banks in Corolla.
Cape Hatteras and Currituck Beach Lighthouse are both open to the public, so you can climb to the top, for a fee, of course. They all have the old keeper’s quarters (houses) open to view and very nice gift shops for getting some great souvenirs.
From journal Outer Banks Getaway
Newton, New Jersey
June 2, 2005
For as long as sailors have plied the waters of the North Carolina coast, Cape Hatteras has been on the map. It's a place where land and sea come together in a shifting maze of sandbars and shoals made worse by notoriously bad weather. It's a place known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, and for good reason. More than 600 ships have gone down near the cape, many within sight of land and with all hands aboard. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, known as America's Lighthouse, is the tallest brick beacon in the US, standing 208 feet. The lighthouse is open for climbing from Good Friday through Columbus Day.
Many may not realize this, but the lighthouse was relocated almost a half-mile to the southwest in 1999. To complete the move, workers carefully excavated around the base of the tower, slowly replacing the granite foundation with a series of steel beams. Next, the tower was slowly lifted off the ground with hydraulic jacks and placed on a group of rails similar to railroad tracks. The lighthouse was then pushed along the rails with another set of hydraulic jacks. Once the lighthouse had reached its destination, the tower was carefully lowered onto a prepared 3-feet-thick concrete pad. The tower's journey along the 2,900-foot relocation route took 23 days.
From journal September Getaway to the Outer Banks, NC
by MCJ graduate
German Valley, Illinois
May 1, 2005
At first, we were fishing and catching nothing. And then the captain asked us if we would like to fish for Spanish mackerel. This consisted of all of us taking turns fishing off the back of the boat (three at a time) while we were trolling. It seemed like as soon as the lines hit the water we were all reeling them in.
This fishing trip was a wonderful experience. Not only did we catch plenty of fish, but the captain and his mates were polite and courteous. And we weren't fishing in cramped quarters. As a result of this great fishing trip with this company, we would definitely use it again.
From journal Outer Banks, NC, equals fun, fun, fun!
January 22, 2005
Like Ocracoke, Cape Hatteras was another beautiful area. I headed out of town and made my first stop at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. It was absolutely magnificent as I pulled up.
The lighthouse is the tallest in North America, at 208 feet. It was built in 1870 and is one of the most recognized national landmarks. Called the Sentinel of the Shoals, the lighthouse offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Tours occur from 9am until 5pm (until 6pm in the summer), and they have three tours of 60 people per hour. The cost is $4. Because of the rain, tours to the top were closed when I arrived. But they did have a small museum where I got some history of the lighthouse and the area. In 1999, the lighthouse was moved to its new location in 23 days, due to land erosion.
The area of the Outer Banks gets hit with some serious weather. Because of that (and sandbars), many ships have been lost around here, including many war ships. Hence, the Outer Banks is called the Graveyard of the Atlantic.
The seashore is the most extensive stretch of undeveloped seashore on the Atlantic Coast; 30,000 acres of the Outer Banks has been preserved. It was also the first National Seashore in the nation. Some of the special things about Hatteras are the environmentally friendly recreation activities, the seashore’s protected ecosystem, and that 400 species of birds have been sighted here.
What I found to be so amusing as I drove through the island were the names of the streets. I wasn’t looking at them purposely, but then I just started noticing a few. It appeared to me that everyone got to name his or her own street. They were goofy, like "Lover’s Lane", "Wilson’s Way", " Judy Anders Avenue", etc. (these not being exact names). It was so funny! I tried to get more information on the Internet but couldn’t find any.
From journal Paradise and Lighthouses in the Outer Banks
Las Vegas, Nevada
July 21, 2003
From journal The Outer Banks, NC
Jamesville, New York
January 23, 2003
During the summer of 1999, Cape Hattaras Lighthouse was moved about 2900 feet back from the shoreline. Coastal storms had undermined the original site, and the move was undertaken to save the light from the ravages of the tides. One of the most often photographed lighthouses, you will find two additional buildings located here. The main keeper's quarters contains a bookstore, and a museum occupies the secondary keeper's quarters. Unfortunately, the lighthouse stairs are undergoing repairs, and the lighthouse itself is closed at this time.
Walk down to the beach and the original site of the lighthouse. Here you can see the plinth stones engraved with the names of lighthouse keepers.
From journal Outer Banks Lighthouses