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Today, Ron and I headed out to Harker’s Island and took the ferry to the Cape Lookout National Seashore. We’ve visited all four lighthouses in the Outer Banks, so we thought we’d add the Cape Lookout Lighthouse to our list. It’s pretty amazing. You take a ferry, which is a small boat for about 10 people, and doesn’t allow cars. The ferry takes you to either Shackleford Banks or Cape Lookout. We dropped a couple off at Shackleford Banks and got a glimpse of the wild Banker ponies that inhabit the island. Then we headed over to Cape Lookout. You come in on the sound side and then can walk across the island to the ocean side. The lighthouse itself was closed for climbing and doesn’t  open until May 16, but we were able to read all about it, check it out and visit the old lightkeeper’s quarters. After that, we headed to the ocean side of the island. It’s an uninhabited beach. There’s no homes, no businesses and the only cars are owned by the National Park Service. It was great. We’ll probably definitely go back and plan to make more of a day of it. Maybe bring a cooler, food, chairs, etc. It would be a great place to spend a day on the beach. You can also camp on Cape Lookout if you want. There was a group that rode the ferry with us that had planned to camp, but because of storms moving in, couldn’t because the ferry wouldn’t be able to pick them up tomorrow. We stayed a few hours at Cape Lookout and then headed back to Emerald Isle. We stopped at a Bojangles along the way, because we’ve passed them constantly for the last few days. The chicken was really good. I can see why they’re so popular. Tomorrow we head home, and it’s supposed to rain all day, so I guess that’s a good time to leave the beach. I’m praying for safe travels for both us and everyone else traveling tomorrow.

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