Sunday, April 24, 2016

Cape Lookout!

Had a great couple of days anchored in the Cape Lookout bight.....if you look hard, you can see the lighthouse aft of the boat.  The lighthouse is a mile or so away across the bight.

We took the dinghy to the "near" shore - to wander the ocean side a bit.  Anchored the dinghy - the boat is in the far background....we're the only boat in the whole area!

It's a bit of a hike over to the ocean side.

It was low tide - beautiful and peaceful!

It's sortof hard to get to Cape Lookout, so you are rewarded with solitude!

After several miles of walking, we ended up back at the dinghy - ready to head back to the boat because we didn't bring drinking water!!!

So, back to the boat - got some water and some snacks - and headed back to the other side of the bight - to visit the lighthouse! 

It's a National Park - other folks have to take a ferry to get over....but we are lucky!

A very long, slightly wet dinghy ride was all we needed.  Beautiful water!!

The lighthouse wasn't open to the we just viewed from below.  Also toured the open caretakers house and grounds.

It's electric now, of course and doesn't require a caretaker.  But there is a lot of history about these desolate areas that brave souls and families staffed for hundreds of years.

Neat buildings dating to the late 1800's.

A fun visit!!