On to the Cape Hatteras Light, one of my favorites! I have figurines of this light, but this was my first visit and I was like a little kid seeing Santa! This light and the keepers' houses were in serious danger of falling into the sea as the current was eroding the beach at a very rapid rate. Called the "Move of the Century" the light and the houses were moved 2,900 feet to safety in 1999. The light tower itself is 9.6 million pounds of unreinforced brick and was rolled in one piece to its new location. Amazing!
Isn't it beautiful!!
Now, on to the beach! The water was a beautiful blue and the surf crashed leaving foam as thick as an over-dose of soap suds! And the dunes from the ocean side were magnificent! I fell in love with the Outer Banks --- but then, I haven't been there during a hurricane!
But if I could be in more than one place at a time, wouldn't this be a nice place to be......
A scary and sad part of the day was as we were heading back north toward Virginia we saw smoke in the distance. As we got closer we could see that it was a grass fire starting at the roadside and moving quickly to the west. In the photo below, on the left, is the Bodin Light which we had visited just a couple of hours before. It was not in the path of the fire, but an out-of control blaze was a definite threat. Our guess is that an errant cigarette started the fire. Let me rephrase that.... our guess is that an inconsiderate smoking motorist tossed a lit cigarette out of the window. As we passed the blaze we could see close-up that it was being contained. Thank God!
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