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The lost weekend at Cape Hatteras

I could have been a beach bum...reminiscing the days of hurricane evacuations and sunburn

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    Glad people are finding out about the resturant Buxton Munch mentioned in this article through Google! I highly recommend it! The fish tacos were badass!

    Cape Hatteras is an interesting place. A string of barrier islands called the Outer Banks makes you really feel like you are on the edge of civilization.

    Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in its new location away from the beach to protect it from erosion

    Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in its new location away from the beach to protect it from erosion

    My old man worked for the U.S. Coast Guard in Buxton where I grew up. I can remember floating away on the waves at the beach, and he’d have to come rescue me.

    Ahh…those were the days…

    The Hatteras lighthouse is an unforgettable experience. Climbing the hundreds of steps to get to the top is not for the out of shape tourist.

    On the way up, you could easily tell who spends too much time sitting in front of the tv.

    But once you are at the top, it offers stunning views of the Outer Banks and the cape where two major ocean currents collide.

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    If you visit, be sure to bring bug spray. You can be eaten alive by thousands of biting insects in the summer in a just a few minutes. DEET is highly recommended.

    Heck you may get lucky and be able to experience a full blown tropical storm. Tropical Depression Beryl passed by when I visited.

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    You’ll get hungry after sitting around getting eaten alive by mosquitoes. So a good place to eat is Buxton Munch.

    It’s a little hard to find, but they offer some of the best food in the area at a reasonable price. If you don’t like the food, at least you can look at all the goofy junk piled high all over the restaurant’s walls.

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    Finally, please don’t even think of comparing the Outer Banks with Ocean City, MD. The two are not even in the same universe.

    So next time you want to visit the beach, drive the few extra hours south and have a real vacation.

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