Yesterday, after a lovely morning at the pool and a solid nap for Joseph, we drove south along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore to see the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. As we took in the miles and miles of unspoiled beaches along the way, we were thankful hurricane Ike decided not to come this way and spoil our vacation. (Today we're thankful that all of our family in Houston are unharmed after Ike decided to visit them instead).
For you trivia buffs out there, this is the tallest lighthouse in the United States, and the tallest brick lighthouse in the world. It's over 200 feet tall, and in 1999 it was actually moved almost 3000 feet inland! You're not allowed a carry a kid up the stairs, so Brent and I had to takes turns climbing the 250 or so steps.
A view of the shoreline from the top:
A view from the top to the bottom:
A view from the bottom to the top:
(the little blue dot is Brent waving)
And this is what it takes to go off on a carefree little drive for the afternoon with 1 year old in tow: