I caught the 7:30 car ferry over to the Outer Banks and Ocracoke, where I visited the first of several lighthouses on the island. The Ocracoke light was not open to the public but the next one was in Cape Hatteras. Standing at 208 feet tall, the Hatteras light is the tallest in the states and it was a fun climb to the top. After visiting this famous North Carolina landmark, I continued north along the Banks to the Bodie Island lighthouse. Unfortunately, though, renovations were being done on the light and it was covered in scaffolding with a big Q-Tip covering the top. Needless to say, it didn’t make for any good pictures, but I did enjoy the museum in the old lighthouse keeper’s house.
After a short stay there, the next lighthouse I went to was the Roanoke Marshes light in Manteo was that actually a replica of the light that used to be there back in late 1800’s. I found Manteo very quaint and charming, and as I walked around the marina, I noticed a pirate ship across the water. My curiosity got the best of me and I went to check it out over at the Roanoke Island Festival Park. The pirate ship, known as the Elizabeth II, was a replica of a 16th century ship, complete with customed characters. There was also a pirate village and an Indian village to explore along the hiking trail.
Since I was just outside Nags Head, I was hoping to meet up with a childhood friend whom I hadn’t seen in 25 years but we were just not able to pull it off. My next stop was at the tip of the Outer Banks and the Currituck Beach lighthouse in Corolla. The red brickwork reminded me alot of the Jupiter lighthouse in Florida and I also got to climb to the top of this shining beauty. I wanted to spend some more time exploring the area but I had another ferry to catch that was going to take me up into Virginia.
Luckily, I caught the ferry in time but my next stop at Munden Point Park for a quick round of golf turned into a real quick round of golf as I only has half an hour to find and play the course. I was only able to squeeze in nine holes at the 18-hole course before the park closed. I them made the 3-hour trek straight up north to Assateague and Chicoteague Island, where I reserved a room at a hotel appropriately called the Lighthouse Inn.