obx beacons of the coast
Five lighthouses and five stories of the OBX beacons of the coast.
Each of the lighthouses that line the coast of the Outer Banks has its own tale to tell. Michelle Wagner, reporting for OBX Beach Access, weaves a bit of the story of the beacons of the shore into a wonderful piece of writing.
“If I stand along the shores of Colington Island on a clear night, I can see the light from Bodie Island Lighthouse flash across the dark sky above the Albemarle Sound. Reaching 19 nautical miles, the 1,000-watt First order Fresnel lens turns on for 2.5 seconds, off for 2.5 seconds, and on again – then comes the 22.5-second break.
Two cycles per minute.
On. Off. On. Off.
I search for the light every time I’m there – and I know I’m not the only one.”