Hatteras Travel Blog› entry 2 of 4 › view all entries
This morning we had a yummy breakfast upstairs with the other guests of our B&B - eggs, potatoes, fruit, and toast with homemade jellies! I tasted a fresh fig for the first time - not bad, but kind of weird at the same time. :)
We headed to the lighthouse first thing. The lady cooking breakfast (not Cathy) told us that in the past week or so they've had to close the lighthouse to visitors twice because of the crazy heat index! Anyway, we got there around 9 or 9:30, so it wasn't hot yet. We bought tickets for $7 each and got to start climbing almost immediately (they only allow a certain number of people inside at a time, which was a nice change after Europe where they just let you pack in however you can!). I didn't count the steps, but I read afterward that it was only 257.
Out on top we were able to see Hatteras and the beaches, as well as Buxton (the little village we're staying in). The park ranger told us that on a clear day we could see the end of Ocracoke Island, but today was hazy so we didn't see that far. We also got a great view of the pathway that was cleared for the moving of the lighthouse back in 1999 - the erosion of the beach was threatening the lifehouse, so they picked it up and rolled it back to a new location to protect it. Cathy told us this morning that she has a documentary on the process of moving the lighthouse - hopefully I can find that sometime and watch it, because it sounds fascinating. If you're interested in more info about it, I found this page of Q&A informative:
After we had sufficiently explored the lighthouse and its beach we headed to the car ferry that would take us to Ocracoke. We were behind a line of cars and had to wait a while before boarding a ferry, but I ran into the little ferry station and bought some Skittles from a vending machine to keep me occupied. :)
I'll continue about the ferry and Ocracoke Island in the next section since I can't put all my pictures from today in one blog (different locations.... one thing about TravBuddy that's annoying)...