Monday, October 8, 2012

October 8, 2010 - Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Graveyard of the Atlantic

The Wheres:

The beach near Salvo, NC

We started out the day as everybody should- at the beach.

It was a little windy

Proof my wife is a lycanthrope!

The high-tide mark on the beach


A "neighbor's" dog from down the beach. She really wanted to play!

Silver-leaf Croton

Indian Blanket seed heads

Trailing Wild-Bean

The strip of vegetation between the houses and the beach

See the crab??

See it now?

Our first "leaving the house" activity of the day was a climb up the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. We visited on the last day of the year to climb the 248 stairs (same as a 12-story building) and enjoy the view from 200 feet above the island.

In two separate buildings were various artifacts from the nautical history of the area.

Squibb salt?
After getting ourselves thoroughly winded at the lighthouse we drove to the end of the road on Hatteras Island and walked through the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. The building itself is constructed to be reminiscent of a ship's hull. 

The old fresnel lens from the lighthouse

Enigma Machine used to encrypt messages sent during World Wars

Esther and her new boyfriend

From the gift shop
We also stopped by the old weather station that's been converted to the welcome center hoping to find out more about the transcripted message from the Titanic that was found during its renovation but sadly the attendant on hand was of little use in this regard.   

Gallery of pictures
Tracklog of my "hike" along the beach

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