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Our Outer Banks 2013 Vacation: Day 5

Bob and I visited two lighthouses on Thursday, September 19th.  Before sharing photographs from our visit to the lighthouses, though, I have to share these two sunrise pictures.

Sunrise South Nags Head Beach

Sunrise South Nags Head Beach

What a gorgeous sunrise we had that morning.  I had never personally witnessed such a beautiful sunrise!

The first lighthouse we visited was Bodie Island Lighthouse.  This lighthouse was located only 2 miles from the beach house at which we were staying.  In fact we could see the lighthouse from the south side of our ocean-front deck.

We hadn’t seen Bodie Island Lighthouse since 2007.  Scaffolding covered the lighthouse during our Outer Banks vacation last year.  The lighthouse looks brand new.

Bodie Island Lighthouse

A new-to-us boardwalk (the boardwalk was laid in 2009) provides great views of the lighthouse.

Bob and I at overlook at end of boardwalk

Bodie Island Lighthouse and Boardwalk

The second lighthouse that we visited was Currituck Lighthouse.  This lighthouse is located north of Nags Head, about an hour’s drive from where we were staying.

Currituck Beach Lighthouse

After “lunch”, which was a peanut buster parfait at Dairy Queen, we stopped at Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head.  The park contains the tallest natural sand dune system in the Eastern United States.

A boardwalk is located near the parking lot.   Interpretive displays along the boardwalk offer information about the plants and animals in the area.

 

We walked to the end of the boardwalk, where we found a deck with a bench with a great view of the dunes.  From the deck there were steps that led to the sand.  Bob climbed the sand dune to Jockey’s Ridge, where he enjoyed a wonderful view of the surrounding area.

Bob walking to Jockey’s Ridge

jockey'sBob took this picture of the view from atop Jockey’s Ridge.

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Bob took this picture on his way back to the boardwalk.
See the deck in the distance?

I opened this blog post with two gorgeous sunrise pictures.  Not to be outdone, the moon put on a spectacular show in the evening!

Full Moon Shining on Ocean Waters

Our Outer Banks Vacation: Day 2

I awakened early enough on our second day of vacation (Sunday, September 16) to watch the sun rise.  What a marvelous sight it was!

Later in the morning Bob and I drove north to Corolla,, to the Currituck Heritage Park where we enjoyed a walk in the park.  Among the points of interest at the Currituck Heritage Park are the Whalehead Club, the Boathouse and the Currituck Beach Lighthouse.

We walked over this bridge to get a closer view of the Whalehead Club.

Whalehead Club

The Boathouse, with the Currituck Beach Lighthouse in the background

This was not our first visit to the Currituck Heritage Park.  We attended a wedding at this park in May 2007.

Bob and I at Currituck Heritage Park in May 2007

From the boathouse we walked over to the lighthouse.

Currituck Beach Lighthouse

We opted not to climb to the top of the lighthouse, as we had done this in May 2007.

This was the view from the top of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse in May 2007.

Our last activity at Currituck Heritage Park was to take a walk on the Nature Trail Boardwalk.

Nature Trail Boardwalk

This was the view at the end of the boardwalk.

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