From Shenandoah to the Outer Banks

Ursula and I arrived in D.C. on Monday and from there, via rental car, drove west to the Shenandoah National Park.  We only got about half way through before darkness fell and we were compelled to stop for the night in the town of Luray.  Unfortunately, heavy rain and fog the next day precluded a safe continuation of the rest of Shenandoah, so we exited onto Interstate 81, and then Interstate 64 heading east.

From there we made our way down to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, spending the night in the town of Frisco on the Island of Hatteras at the charming Breakwater Inn.

The next morning we ferried over to Ocracoke Island.  What a delightful place to spend a few hours and have a nice lunch along the Silver Lake Harbor, after the obligatory visit to the Ocracoke Lighthouse, of course.

Indeed, if lighthouses are your photographic “thing,” the Outer Banks is a place you need to most definitely sightsee.  We visited four lighthouses altogether this trip, three of which you’ll see photographs shortly.  I’m saving one lighthouse for another blog.

Meanwhile, interspersed among the shots that follow are photographs of the Ocracoke, Bodie Island, and the unbelievably tall Cape Hatteras Lighthouses.  I’ll post pictures of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse at a later date.

One last teaser:  Remember the 2008 Richard Gere/Diane Lane movie Nights in Rodanthe, based upon the Nicholas Sparks book of the same name?  Recall that gorgeous house on the beach?  You’ll see that house in one of the following shots as well.



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5 responses to “From Shenandoah to the Outer Banks

  1. Mike Walker

    Nice pictures, especially of the Bodie Island Lighthouse. My fiancee and I often stay at a family member’s beach house within eyesight of it. If you didn’t get a chance to visit it on this trip, Kitty Hawk is only 20 minutes north of Bodie Island.

    Love the blog, keep up the good work.

    Best wishes.

    Mike Walker, Charter member NATCA, MEMT(ret.)

  2. We missed the Wright Brothers Memorial this trip, Mike, but we always like to save something for a future trip anyway. And the Outer Banks definitely warrant another trip.

  3. David K. Williams

    I can’t recall the name of the episode, but The Avengers broadcast a story set in a lighthouse. I seem to recall it was when the Tara character was on the show, but I could be wrong.

  4. You have a good memory and, yes, it was a Tara King episode. That episode was, “All Done With Mirrors,” and was filmed at the Start Point Lighthouse near Dartmouth.

    Here are the relevant links for more information:

  5. Mike Walker

    Doug, believe me, I’ve been a student of aviation since I was a child. The biggest “eye opener” of my first trip to the Wright Brothers Memorial was just how short the first flight was. I was well aware of the distance, but to see it in person really drove it home.