It is still a wonder until today why I am passionate about lighthouses. I tried but I had given up knowing. Is it the beauty or the concept of guidance? Hard to tell. I have been, however dragging my hubby with this enthusiasm. We have said our hello’s to the old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Michigan and the Sullivan Island Lighthouse in South Carolina. And about two weekends ago, this time with my parents-in-law who offered us their utmost hospitality at Wyndham Resort at Fairfield Harbour Point in New Bern, the Cape Lookout Lighthouse charmed us with her beauty. This was less than a week before hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, when we were lucky to have a weather perfect for a tour around the Outer Banks.
The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is a 163-foot high lighthouse located on the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina with a rotating 1,000-watt beacon that flashes every 15 seconds, 24 hours a day, perhaps the only lighthouse known to operate during the day. It is painted in a black and white diamond pattern to indicate compass direction. When the sailors see a black lighthouse with a white diamond pattern, that meant the ship was sailing east or west. However, when they see a white lighthouse with a black diamond, that meant the ship was sailing south or north.
A short walk trekking the boardwalk from the lighthouse surprised us with a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean. If you stare long enough, you will be enchanted with dolphins as if inviting you to take a dip into the water.
Getting to Cape Lookout and the Lighthouse is only accessible through authorized ferries and boats and is an adventure itself. Aboard the Outer Banks Ferry, it takes half an hour from Beaufort to the docks of Cape Lookout. The 3 hour tour with one hour disembarkation at Cape Lookout Lighthouse cruised down the shore of Shackleford Banks, giving us a glimpse of the wild banker ponies that inhabit the island. And just when we thought the adventure is over on our cruise back to Beaufort, we were more than delighted to be entertained with dolphins. They get really close you are tempted to touch their fin!
And it seems we were not the only ones enjoying this cruise. The tour captain’s dog seems to be enjoying as well. Yup, Cape Lookout has a way of seducing you, your pets included.