Rising Sun and Moving Light

lena-rodanthe-sunrise-sm.jpgAt last we saw the sun! I woke Bruce to see the dawn over Hatteras. He’d said he wanted to do that, really. While he was getting conscious and dressed, I simply wrapped in my long fleece robe and stood on our picnic table to get a better shot at the first, fiery little eye of the sun rising. Then Bruce strolled out to catch the rest of the morning’s arrival from the top of the dune.rodanthe-sunrise1.jpgStill dressed in my nightie, I returned to bed, lulled back to sleep by the sounds of the surf and the warmth of the quilts. Are we a good tag-team or what? Later, Sprocket lead us along the beach, where the cold wind brought tears to the eyes, and I found myself preferring to admire the shadows of sand-fencing to the cold spume-spitting waves.lena-fence-sm.jpgToday we learned the Outer Banks are constantly moving sand entities driven by water and wind, and man’s efforts to maintain their status quo is a wistful, feeble thing. In 1999, one impressive and successful thing was done for preservation: the moving of the 198.49 foot high Hatteras Light House 2900 feet, intact, to a new position farther back from the disappearing outer shoreline. It took 23 days to do this. The people of these islands must have held their collective breath until it came safely to rest. It was built as a double-walled structure, with an iron framework between the walls to strengthen it against the relentless winds, but the mason’s habits of discarding scrap bricks between the walls helped make a lower center of gravity, which probably helped keep this looming object from toppling during its slow and stately procession inland. The right photo below shows the path the lighthouse traveled from its previous location at the vanishing point. A while back we saw a History or Discovery Channel program about the move, if you get a chance watch it, it’s amazing.hatteras-light.jpgThe Principal Keeper’s quarters, the Double Keepers’ quarters, cisterns, and oil house, were moved as well, just one millimeter off from their original relationship to the Light House. Amie Ten Brink, the ranger staffing the museum, wasn’t here at the time, waiting 9 years for the chance to work here, but she was so full of great information about the Light, and Ocracoke and was even able to answer some unanswered questions about Kitty Hawk. She is a young woman who’s truly followed her bliss.rodanthe-campground.jpgHere we are rattling around in the campground. This shot shows only about one quarter of the facility. The shot is taken from the top of the oceanside dune and the buildings in the background are on the Pamlico Sound.It was a good day.

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2 Comments on “Rising Sun and Moving Light”

  1. Josh Says:

    Hi Mom and Dad,

    I’m so happy you where able to make it out of the Creek! It’s wonderful following your travels on the blog. Sloan and I are in Hong Kong this week. It’s great to be able to keep up with both of you while we are traveling. Great to see the pod in so many new places. Love you both!

    -Josh and Sloan

  2. Emma (Zeek) Aronow Says:

    Hello there….

    So I have caught up with Noah and he told me about your travels and gave me your website……its amazing after 20 some odd years to talk to him and I have hopes to catch up with Josh as well. Please keep in touch and I will reading on about your travels…enjoy it you deserve it…!!!! I gave mom your site as well…she will be checking in and dropping you a note in the near future. I will try and send you some new pictures of the kids…yes i said kids plural…I have a baby boy who is just over a year and new improved wonderful husband!!! LOL Hope to catch up soon…all my love,
    Emma and Family

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