The Bodie Island lighthouse has been a continuous beacon since 1872. 3,000 ships have sunk off these shores in the Outer Banks of NC. Look at a map and you will see why. Cargo ship captains sailing from New York to Charleston for example could save a day by routing as close to the Carolina coast as possible. With good weather yea that works . But storms come up fast here OBX. A strong NW wind would blow ships right up on the shallow shoals. What I can't get my head around is that after the first 100 ships or so sunk here, how in hell do you get 2,900 more captains to give it a shot and go down ? What were they thinking? Don't people learn from history and knowledge ? Hmmm, well sadly we know the answer. Lighthouses on both US coasts at least gave boat captains a reference point. The earliest residents here were lighthouse keepers, their families, and Coast Guard men who at least tried to rescue some of the men who lost their ship. Nobody else lived here because it was considered uninhabitable. Later land was given away free here to those who would homestead. It's not free anymore. Still the 35,000 full time residents of the Outer Banks are almost as crazy as the wayward sea captains. A category 5 hurricane would wipe us off the map. A category 3 would even do a pretty good job. It's hurricane season now. It's a beautiful day here. Yet having stuck it out here for a couple of category 2 hurricanes I know things can go real bad real fast. Yet like the sea captains of yesteryear, I think I'll be ok. Rising sea levels combined with the natural evolution of these barrier islands has marine geologists predicting our demise sooner rather than later. I live about 7 feet above sea level. Not much margin. Cutting it close. Yet working the edges is where I like to be anyway. Were I a sea captain I'm sure I'd be one of those who tried to cut it close. After all, many of them did make it to Charleston and drank a cold beer with cargo intact. Besides the Bodie light has been beaming for 150 years. So I take my chances. I'm taking pictures of it all. So in 150 years somebody can say "what was he thinking?"