This has been a week of lighthouses and coincidences. From Cape Hatteras to Cape Fear, seems like those light keeping ancestors have been at it. For those who have already read my last blog regarding the return of the bulls eye panel back to Bald Head Island, NC., you know where it is that I am coming from. For those who haven’t, you really should read it. Then there is the lady who I met through Facebook just the other day. She is the owner of a prism that was from the Cape Fear Light. Another piece of the puzzle, I hope to see put back in place.
And today…it has been nothing short of amazing. Started the morning off by telling my Father that I was going to run down to the lighthouse for a couple hours, and then I’d be back. By now, I should know not to say that. The OBXmas and climb Cape Hatteras Lighthouse event was in full swing. Visitors were able to climb the lighthouse at no charge. They were enthusiastically greeted by members of the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society, who were there to educate the public about the history of the light and to also make them aware of their mission to preserve the light houses of eastern North Carolina. Kudos to this mighty fine group.
Now for anyone who is from Hatteras Island, you know that you can’t go anywhere without seeing someone you recognize or someone that is kin. Hence, I ran smack dab into my running buddy and Cousin, Elizabeth B. Fox. Accompanying her, was her long time friend, Dr. Malcolm C. Roberts,of the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine.
🙂 Onward…we three amigos ended up, after repeatedly saying that I was NOT going to climb the light because of a bad knee, all the way up top. Man what a climb that was, but what a great memory that Cousin Liz, Malcolm, and I now share.
Liz and I never seem to go just one place, when we get together. That old proverbial “snowball”, must somehow know the exact moment we pull out of the driveway. And today that snowball came in the form of a loon. Yes, a loon. One thing that I admire about Liz and her brother (Lou Browning), is that they truly care about the wild life of the island and the environment. That is what has led them both in assisting those that are in distress. Lou is the operator of the Hatteras Island Wildlife Rehabilitation.
So…”Snowy” (yes, I’ve named him/her), was trying to cross NC12 by some form of flapping, scooting, hopping, and waddling. According to Liz, he was trying to make his way to the sound in order to take flight. And since they are not known for their fine walking technique, he found himself in quite an ordeal. That is until we stopped to lend a hand. Liz slowly walked up to Snowy and talked him into getting into the car with us. Okay, so she really didn’t talk him into getting into the car. But I will say that even though I was worried about him attacking the back of my head with his beak, he did make a fine passenger.
After inspection by Lou, “Snowy” turned out to be alright…for the most part. By now, he may be flapping his wings somewhere over the sound. Hope he will always remember that car ride and the good hearted humans that cared enough to stop on their way to the Holiday Open House, at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras. I know we’ll never forget him.
I have always enjoyed visiting the museum. Plenty of holiday cheer and exhibits greeted us as we walked through it’s door. Walt Fulcher, met us in the foyer. He has done such an amazing job of organizing the United Methodist Men’s Food Bank, on the island. Danny Couch was also there. He is a noted local historian and Chairman of the Friends of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. Always an interesting conversation with him. And Joseph K. Schwarzer, who is the museum’s Executive Director, was present. Between he and Danny, I now know where to look for more info on my lighthouse keeping Great Grandfather. Thanks to you both. And thanks to all who made this day, truly wonderful.
Dawn F. Taylor