Two young 50-something females. One big adventure exploring the Americas. Have liquidated everything they own and packed a Saturn Vue with bare necessities to set out on this journey. Planting seeds at each juncture symbolizing their new growth. With an open mind and heart, ready to get a true view of this world.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Sound

This morning is so beautiful, it's difficult to believe at just the other end of this bank rain is the dominant feature. A trip up to Corrolla is on the agenda and the 10-mile drive is very scenic. The first of four lighthouses on this stretch is our first stop and, though closed, access to the surrounding grounds is not denied. The sound on which it sets is so tranquil as we linger awhile at the end of the boardwalk transporting us to this magical spot.

Several surprises are discovered adjacent to this lighthouse. A neighboring Heritage Park turns into a beautiful stroll along the sound, with glimpses of the lighthouse at every turn. The Canadian geese are out in full force but are very accommodating in sharing their space. North Carolina's Wildlife Nature Conservancy is the other find and what a lovely job they've done in presenting a history of this area. This little secret should not be missed. We were both so impressed we made sure to let the staff know what a wonderful job they are doing here.

With these two detours, the time here has expanded and with this perfect backdrop, a picnic seems to be the most logical option. We find a wonderful deli just down the street and the owner makes us two delicious sandwiches while filling us in on the area's seasonal vulnerability. Last year really hit them hard, but they are optimistic for this coming season, which hits as school lets out in June. They will have a little surge with the various spring breaks that are just beginning, and which luckily we have managed to miss.

Finding the perfect table near the bridge over the sound is easy and we find a few others who have echoed our plan. This is what I had imagined so many times while planning this adventure. Pure heaven! Pulling ourselves away from here was difficult but time for another adventure. A full day was ahead!!

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