Currituck, Bodie, Hatteras, & Lookout- A Trip to the Outer Banks

As a born & bred mountain girl, a trip to the beach is always a big deal. I can count on one hand the number of times in my lifetime I’ve been to the beach. I can’t swim but you know me, I do love taking pictures and learning history! So when planning my solo vacation to the Outer Banks last September, the planning focus was more on seeing the sights and soaking up regional history than getting in the water. Among the many, many highlights were climbing the four lighthouses (Currituck, Bodie, Hatteras, & Lookout), seeing the wild horses of Corolla, visiting the Wright Brothers Memorial and Fort Macon and sensing the history inherent in both locations, Roanoke Island, and climbing Jockey’s Ridge and seeing a breathtaking sunset. It was an amazing trip, one I’d absolutely do again (and actually plan to do again soon), and happy memories come flying back every time I look through these photos. If you want more details about the trip, I blogged about it in detail- you can see those entries here.

I took almost all of these photos with the Canon T3. A few of the horse shots were done with my then-trusty Kodak z981, which unfortunately got dropped right after the wild horse tour and hasn’t worked completely right ever since. (Thank heaven for eBay because that camera is irreplaceable in my day job!) As usual when shooting changing conditions I had it on Av Mode most of the time- I did switch to Manual for the sunset shots. Don’t forget to click on any image to see it in greater detail in a Lightbox-style viewer.

~ Cassandra

All photos and text copyright 2013 & 2014 Memories by Cassandra Lea Photography, owned by Cassandra L. Hartley. Do not copy, print, or otherwise reproduce any of these copyright-marked images without my express written consent.

About Cassandra Lea

Native of Blowing Rock, NC; married to a fellow High Country native; lover of the outdoors, history, and local shopping & dining; and proud advocate of everything this area has to offer!


  1. Beautiful pictures! Glad you enjoyed the trip.

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