Full Moon Climb Offered at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse April 25
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111
As a special experience for the visiting public and local communities, the National Park Service will be offering Full Moon Climbs of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse the evening of Thursday, April 25, 2013, weather permitting.Two tours will be given; one at 8:00 pm and a second at 9:00 pm and each tour is limited to 30 people. Tickets must be purchased in advance.The full moon climb ticket sales will start on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. The lighthouse ticket booth is open from 8:15 am to 4:40 pm daily and tickets for this event are non-refundable.
As there are no lights inside the lighthouse, climbers will navigate the 257 stair staircase using handheld flashlights.During the climb, park rangers will provide stories of the arduous duties of the lighthouse keepers.From the watch room, visitors will be able to view the light up close and in motion and hear of the operation of the beacon, past and present - a truly unique experience. Outside on the lighthouse balcony (weather permitting) climbers will get a glimpse of what the lighthouse keepers of old were able to experience - seeing that beam of light reaching out to sea and the starting reflection of the newly risen moon on the ocean.
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Did You Know?
In the 1700s, Ocracoke Inlet was one of the busiest inlets in the East. It was one of the few navigable waterways for ships accessing inland ports such as Elizabeth City, Edenton or New Bern. It was here that Blackbeard the pirate found the inlet's heavy shipping traffic ripe for easy pickings.