Volunteers live in the old assistant lighthouse keeper's duplex from April to November. The lighthouse dates to 1859.
Spending even one day on Cape Lookout, you come away with a deep appreciation for this desolate and beautiful seashore, as well as an understanding of why Ron calls this place home port.
You wonder how lighthouse keepers stood the solitude and isolation here on this tip of a small island located so near and yet so far from the mainland. The more time you spend on the island, though, looking for shells or just savoring a sunny summer day with the wind in your hair, you become captivated by its magical appeal.
Ron knows the feeling quite well. This is pretty close to paradise for him. "When I first moved here, I sailed up from Key West along the Eastern seaboard," he recalls. "I really didn't see anything as remarkable as this place. That's the reason I'm here." Take the seasoned sailor's word for it--you should be here too.
This article is from the August 2003 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.