I flew into Norfolk last night, and drove down for my first winter trip to the Outer Banks today. On the drive down, my friend Kevin texted to see how close I was and said, “I just caught your dinner.” I couldn’t get here fast enough.
As always, I drove straight to the Hatteras Lighthouse, since it’s what first brought me to the Outer Banks. Then, I drove to the old lighthouse site, and kicked off my shoes so I could feel sand on my feet before it turns cold again. The temperature showed 68, but it felt like 38 on the beach. I stepped in the water a couple times, and it was ice cold, but I had to do it.
I was supposed to go to Kim and Kevin’s house for dinner around 5:30, but Kim texted me around 3:30, asking if I wanted to go the Point “now.” Of course, I agreed, and the three of us were out there until sunset. Kevin fished more while Kim and I walked all over, catching up and looking for shells. It felt warmer then and we were just wearing sweatshirts. I wasn’t expecting to see the Point today, so it made my whole day. From there, they sent me on a Tequila run, then we ate the drum Kevin caught earlier, with homemade tartar sauce, fresh shrimp, potatoes and Kevin’s homemade coleslaw. Best meal I’ve had since my last trip here, and so great seeing them again.
I noticed on the way back to their house that the lighthouse wasn’t on. Kevin texted a few people to see what was going on, but I haven’t heard anything yet. It’s really weird not seeing that beacon shining across the sky. I think about it often at night back home and look forward to seeing it at night, so I hope it’s fixed soon. I’m back at the motel now, and completely exhausted from the day’s activities, but so incredibly happy to be back here. I love this island. Here are a few pics before I turn in.