lighthouses, resort, hotel and drive
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The daylight drive to the Outer Banks proved again, to be an
awe inspiring view of water on the bridges.
May 8th Saturday arrived around . The weather was brilliant. The temperature was high for early May, 90
degrees. The Owens Motel (which also has
a restaurant) is in 3 sections (4 if you count the restaurant). One side is
I drove to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, near Buxton. The lighthouse was not open for climbing (it
was off season) during my previous visit.
It opens the 3rd week in April. Today was one of the most perfect days to
climb the lighthouse. The weather was
clear and temperature a cool, comfortable 70 degrees. The climb is equal to 12 stories – 265 steps,
if I recall. This lighthouse is the tallest
brick lighthouse in the
Seascape Golf and Villas Resort:
SAFETY AND MAINTENANCE:
This is a timeshare resort, but it also rents units.
It is notable that SeaScape is comfortable, not luxurious. I always travel with my own door stop for prevention of unauthorized access. I note the illusion of safety is fostered in these units and for the unobservant it might be enough to make them feel safe, although it would not be able to keep them safe. Neither the front door that opens to the living room/kitchen nor the balcony door that enters to the master bedroom employ deadbolts or any bolt device that would stall or prevent an unauthorized entrance. The illusion of the front door is a sliding bolt at eye level that does with difficult manipulation barely engages the mismatched bolt hole by ¼ inch. This bolt would easily break away with any force, as would the doorknob key entry. The bolt for the front doorknob key entry slides into a larger than required bolt hole chiseled out, by the looks of it, with a screwdriver and the bolt hole cover plate is skewed cockeyed and screws are loose, no attempt at firmly seating either the screws or bolt hole bracket. There is a matching set of new vinyl glass sliding doors that enter the balcony from the living room. The sliding doors also give the illusion of being locked, when one moves the locking lever one might assume by the change in position of the lever that the doors would be locked. The lever latches do NOT lock the doors, the locking mechanisms are incorrectly aligned and it was impossible for me to engage the locks on either sliding door. The resort has provided wood strips that can be placed within the bottom tracks of the doors, but the wood strips are a tad too long to fully seat in the tracks. With ½ inch shorter strips they could be fully seated in the track, not angled up from the track, it would be more effective and still be easily removed by guests.
This trip I did not eat out, I brought my own food and drinks. I only stopped once at Rita’s Custard and Ice Shoppe to treat myself to coffee custard and a Vanilla Ice (Ice, Ice Baby…. LOL). I took them the resort for later consumption.
I was so pleased with the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse climb that I intend to seek out the Currituck Lighthouse and climb it tomorrow on May10th. Currituck will finish the Outer Banks area for me. I will not return to climb Bodie Lighthouse, it is still being renovated. I have seen Ocracoke (never open for climbing) and I have seen the Roanoke Marsh lighthouse – almost a 2 story house connected to the land by a dock.
Lighthouse is 158 steps – a bit taller than St. Simons Lighthouse and 100 less
I now have a quest to climb as many lighthouses as I can
find that are open for climbing. I have
THE DRIVE HOME:
An interesting daylight drive home. I saw a roadside family graveyard. I noted the drawbridge, part of it seems to be made of red bricks, perhaps cobblestoned?
I saw not one, but two, sets of inmates performing roadside cleanup. They were accompanied by armed guards complete with rifles and also had a port-a-potty on a utility trailer to take along with them. I saw a log truck, full of logs pulled over and being written up by an officer. Not far down the road I saw a train with car after car full of logs. I guess that might be where the logger was heading. After that I saw more log trucks full of logs than I ever have seen in one trip…. were they all heading for the train?
The most interesting sight was a barely visible house near the road that by all appearances sure looked like it was being held up by the large trees that surrounded and cradled it with their supportive trunks. These were not brush trees, they were oaks and other hardwoods in good shape and 2 – 3 stories tall or taller.
I also saw a sign “watch for bears”! I have seen those in the mountains, but this was the coastal area! Now, something I’ve noticed in traveling through NC before on Interstate 95. They post signs that say “BURN LIGHTS WHEN RAINING” (should be hard to keep a flame burning in the rain with the wind of driving 70mph LOL! Do you think they use candles, gas or oil? Compare that to GA signs on Interstate 20 that say ‘LIGHTS ON WHEN RAINING”. At least I haven’t seen one that says “CUT LIGHTS ON WHEN RAINING”.