Having spoken about seeing the Outer Banks lighthouses for a number of years, my wife, Janet, and daughter, Laura, decided they were going to spend a day touring each of them. Both have been back in subsequent trips to visit each of the lighthouses, so I asked my daughter, with input from my wife, to write about their experience.
A tour of the lighthouses never seemed to make our agenda in the first eleven years we visited the Outer Banks. We had been to every other historical site in the area a few times, such as the Wright Brothers Memorial, but no lighthouses. One morning in the summer of 2003, I woke up and resembled a lobster. My mom and I decided it would be a good idea to take a day off from the sun and concocted a plan to see all the lighthouses in one day.
We started our lighthouse tour at the Currituck Lighthouse since we were staying close to Corolla that year. After Currituck, we went south on the island and proceeded to see the Bodie Lighthouse, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and finally the Ocracoke Lighthouse. Each of the Outer Banks lighthouses had unique characteristics and wowed me in different ways. You really can’t compare the four because each excels in different categories. Seeing one lighthouse and not the others is cheating yourself. If you’re going to see one, you must see them all.
I’ll never forget the feeling of being in a different world and like I stepped back in time. I could feel the history and beauty all around me. Not to mention, some of the views from the top of Hatteras and Currituck took my breath away. Words truly can’t describe the feeling of being on top of the world. Its times like those that things are put into perspective and you are so absorbed in that one moment of true splendor that nothing else matters.
I’ve always loved the Outer Banks for the beautiful background it has provided throughout the years my family has vacationed there. And yet, it wasn’t until my mom and I embarked on our lighthouse tour that I think I truly absorbed everything the Outer Banks had to offer. In order to get the true Outer Banks experience, once must see these beautiful lighthouses. The lighthouses provide the historical roots of this magical get away, some of the most beautiful landscapes I have ever seen, and most importantly they make you appreciate the little things in life.
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