The Wright Brothers Memorial

Hatteras Ferries and Lighthouses

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

 

Ferries

Getting from Ocracoke to Hatteras and the Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina is by a free ferry that takes about 1 1/2 hours.  

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The Hatteras Ferry is the little red line in the middle

 

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The Ocracoke terminal is located at the very northern tip of the island in a desolate, windy area.

 

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The road to the ferry... no wait, don't go here. Storms wiped out the staging area and the road just ends.

 

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Instead turn left before the road ends and you'll see a ferry coming in.

 

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Getting closer.

 

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The ferry service actually consists of a number of different boats working the route at the same time, approximately 1/2 hour apart.

 

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Different sizes and shapes

 

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One last image of a ferry. Cars, campers and retail vehicles, including semis, use the ferry.
 
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Looking forward and back, with a semi-self portrait.

 

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Moving away from Hatteras on a return trip

 

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Water and clouds from the ferry. A storm a bit away from us.

 

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Sun reflected on the water

 

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Hatteras from a distance

 

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Wind surfing. A popular pastime.

 

Lighthouses

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The famous Hatteras Light. The light is still active. 198.5 feet tall and can be seen 51 miles out to sea in ideal conditions. 

 

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Entrance. In 1999, the Cape Hatteras Light Station, which consists of seven historic structures, was successfully relocated 2,900 feet from the spot on which it had stood since 1870. Erosion was endangering the lighthouse. The lighthouse was not disassembled; it was moved as one piece.

 

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The stones in the foreground were part of the original foundation and now have the names of all the lighthouse keepers carved in them.

 

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Bodie Lighthouse. The "other" Hatteras Seashore lighthouse. Still operational. Jodi and Mike added to give a sense of scale. 

 

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Very popular area to stop. Yes, that's Mike taking a picture.

 

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Bodie Lighthouse

Full size images are here: https://billterry1.smugmug.com/2021-and-Featured-Images/2022-Hither-and-Yon/

September 9-11, 2022

 

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