|One of the bridges spanning the channels|
between the barrier islands
|The Ocean is on the left side over the dunes|
At times the sand dunes were right on the edge of the road. Something must have happened recently because at several locations, (which I didn't take pictures) pieces of heavy equipment was moving sand away from the road. Even though Freedom has a heavy suspension for towing, she rides comfortably so the drive was an easy one. Sirius radio was turned up loud playing the Oldies from the 60's. Did any group have better voices than The Righteous Brothers? Especially, "Soul and Inspiration". I turned it up loud enough that I worried about blowing my speakers. I'm not even sure the speakers now-a-days can be blown. I remember trying to tape up the paper around some of my old speakers as a teenager. It didn't work real good, but it was better then nothing.Oh well, every song was great an it helped me pass the time until the lighthouse came in sight. The black and white swirl is unique to the Hatteras Lighthouse and is used by ships to identify the lighthouse by it's color during the day. At night, the light flashes every 7 1/2 seconds. Since you can see more than one lighthouse at night, the ships will look for the light and time the flashes to determine which light they are seeing. The lighthouse to the south, Cape Lookout Lighthouse flashes once every 15 seconds to help distinguish it from the Cape Hatteras light.
|Walking up the dune|
|From the top of the dune looking at the far horizon|
|Deserted beach with only footprints|
I was an Operations Specialist (radarman) in the Navy and served aboard the U.S.S. Manitowoc (LST 1180). Every time we went to sea and sailed south we passed Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout. Just as you see them on a map today, I saw them on the radar screen. From the ship, I've seen the lights flashing their warnings. Now I've seen the lighthouse in person, nearly 40 years later.
--------------------------------------------------------------------On my way back to the campground I stopped off at Roanoke Island. I wanted to see where the lost colony was located and learn more about the 425 year old mystery.
When he was finally able to return, all the people were gone. The houses had been dismantled and almost everything was gone. There was not sign of a fight or struggle. No bodies or graves were located. What did remain was an earthen wall with a tall tree palisade (wall) on top. Carved into a fence post was the word "Croatoan" and on a tree the letters "Cro". Croatoan was an Indian tribe that lived on Hatteras Island to the south (yep, same place as the lighthouse). John White thought they had moved the colony there and were living with the Indians. Before he could sail there, a strong storm started coming up and the men refused to sail south towards the storm so they sailed north and went back to England. Due to several reasons, another search party was never sent. When the Jamestown colony began, part of their orders were to search for the Roanoke colonists. They didn't find them but found several interesting clues. Surviving in the early colonies was not easy. Jamestown lost 80% of their people in one year. Roanoke is the reason Jamestown must be listed as the first "permanent" English colony.
I am curious as to why the schools, at least when I was in elementary and high school, barely touched on the subject of Roanoke. When Sir Walter Raleigh was mentioned, it was usually associated with the tale of him placing his coat over a mud puddle so a woman could cross without getting her feet wet. Perhaps it was because the colony was lost due to several screw-ups that could be blamed on him and the Queen. In the summer they put on a big play for the tourists. I wonder what twist they put on the story.
There are several theories about what happened to the colony and it's people. Far too many for me to list here. A quick google search will give you plenty to think about.
Ya'll take care of each other. Cya. (sorry about the tardiness of the posting)