19 April 2017
After catching up on some much needed sleep in our very secure anchorage we were ready for a day of exploring. The lighthouse and surrounding beaches at Cape Lookout looked interesting but we had no idea what was in store for us. We started with a nice walk on the beach in front of the boats then headed off by dingy to see the lighthouse, and what a surprise we had.
There is a beautiful boardwalk park all around the lighthouse, the old coast guard and beach rescue stations are part of the museum setting, as well as other buildings that were used during WW2 for coastal surveillance. Then there are the beaches, miles and miles of unspoiled beaches, surrounding the inside and the outside of the harbour plus a sandbar extends out for 12 miles. We met some fisherman who camp right on the beach and spend the weekends fishing in the surf, free from the worries of the world. This truly is a magical unspoiled place and we look forward to returning here again and again. We ended the day with a great turkey dinner on board 2 Outrageous to celebrate Easter Monday.
Tuesday morning we hoisted anchor and set out for the historic town of Beaufort NC. We were fortunate enough to snag an anchor spot in the busy little harbour and settled in for the day. The east side of the harbour is bordered by an island park that is home to numerous wild horses for our viewing pleasure. The town has a fantastic little maritime museum which covers all aspects of North Carolina's maritime past, but the highlight is the display on Queen Anne's Revenge. The QAR was Blackbeard's Flagship and was sunk just off the entrance to the Beaufort Channel and is an active archilogical site. Following a second very active day it was time for an early dinner and a good night's sleep.
Today's picture is the Cape Lookout Light.