Cape Lookout on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Two JLUR and a Cherokee go Beach Camping

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So two days before I leave, I get noise from a rear axle bearing. Fuck, call around and the soonest that I can get the bearing is three days. Houston we have a problem. The ferries that take vehicles to Cape Lookout operate on a reservation only schedule. I can not change the reservation as I had to book the reservation in February to be able to go in May. I can not make the ferry and wait on the part. Then my good bud Bill tosses me the Keys to his JLUR and says take my ride, you can't miss this trip. Bill normally would be going on this trip, but had other obligations and could not go and had not planned on going. Bill saves the day.

So I drove my buds Punk'N Jeep for this trip...........

So a little bit about Cape Lookout. There is about 60 miles of beaches that you can drive and camp on. The ferries only carry 4 vehicles at a time and there is only three ferry boats hauling vehicles. So with only a small amount of vehicle being able to get to the island and vehicles coming and going for each trip, it equals a very desolate beach and beach camping experience.

I chose Cape Lookout for a ver specific reason. The southern point of the island makes it possible to watch a sunrise over the ocean and sunset from the same spot with out changing location, all you have to do is turn around. The mainland is wrapped way to the north, so that point is just out in the middle of the water with no land in sight for miles and miles enabling you to see a sunrise and sunset from the same spot over water.

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Going here, I knew that the wheeling would be just beach driving and a real chill four days of camping. Just what we all needed. Good food, some swimming, great sunsets, great sunrises, and a great night sky.

We had a long drive, about 16 hours to get to the ferry and we were scheduled to be on the last ferry of the day at 4 pm on Thursday May 27. I was told miss the ferry and you are just out of luck. We got there about an hour and a half early.
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The ferry got us on and over the island we headed. What a beautiful day to be Jeeping on the water.
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I actually made it to the island on an earlier ferry and had to wait an hour or so for the other two to get on the island. I drove down the beach a bit and unhooked and hung out and waited for the rest of my party to get there.

After they arrived, I hooked back up and we drove 30 or so miles further down the beach to where I planned to camp. We camped at the last sand dune on the southern point of the island. There is a lot of wind out there so we tucked in close to the dune to camp for what little protection the dune provided from the wind.

The beaches are desolate and there were times that there was no one camping with in miles of each other.
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I cruised back up the ferry area to catch my other buds coming off the ferry.
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Running down the beach was cool. It took us about an hour or so to get down to where we planned to camp. You could cruise about 20 to 25 mph on the beach pulling a camper and it was pretty smooth. There were some parts of the beach blocked off and we would have to head to the trail on the other side of the dune due to marked off area for bird breeding areas that were all limits during the breeding season.

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By the time we got down to our camp spot, the sun was getting low and dinner was started.
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Friends of ours wanted to start overloading and this is their first trip of camping on the beach in their new Trail Hawk Cherokee. They came home from this trip and ditched the tent and bought a small off road camper.

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We camp about 1/2 mile from the southern most point. Drive out to the point for sunset. It did not disappoint.

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The ocean water just wraps around three sides of the point...Duh and makes for a great place to watch the sun go down.
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That night, we got out the flashlights, headed to the edge of the ocean and looked for crabs. They were everywhere.

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We caught some crabs, but let them go.
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Then headed back to camp and watched the blood moon rise.
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the following morning, I shot a panoramic shot and caught the sunrise and the moon in the same shot. You may have to expand the photo to see the moon. The moon is above the rear of the Jeep and just right of the Jeep.
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The walk along the beach was incredible at sunrise.
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Some of the designs in the sand that were left behind by the tide were cool.
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Sometimes the surf was up high on the beach.
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the next sunset I tried to capture the back wash on the beach some.
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and one for the duck that we picked up.
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Morning coffee on the beach with Jeeps and great friends. Life is good.
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While doing our morning hike, I found a shell tree.... or at least that's what I am calling it.
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anyone know this JLUR. It was parked next to me when we returned from visiting the lighthouse.
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More to come with some GoPro videos. Wait until you see the stupidest guy on the island.
 

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