After a beautiful sunrise to start the morning and a few strong cups of coffee, we put on our Hope Spot: Hatteras t-shirts and headed south towards Hatteras Island.
Our first stop: a gas station to turn around and check the map, as we were already heading in the wrong direction..
We first visited the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, stopping at the Visitor's Center where we met our first local. We told her about Hope Spot: Hatteras, and she loved the idea (she even bought a t-shirt!). Being so nervous about introducing this idea to this community (and being outsiders), it was uplifting and filled our hearts with positivity having such a welcoming, accepting attitude towards Hope Spot: Hatteras!
With high energy and passion we headed off to Pea Island National Wildlife Preserve to hunt for seashells!
Being a part of the Plastic Ocean Project, I'm sure my teammates would agree, it's hard to enjoy the hunt for sea shells when there are so much plastic debris on the beach. While at Pea Island, we worked as a team and removed over one hundred pounds of debris from the beach and road side!
After a rewarding cleanup, we headed out for lunch at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse! The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. We were very excited to see this historic landmark, not only because it is on our shirts, but because lighthouses symbolize hope in darkness ensuring the safe passage of ships. We like to think that Hope Spot: Hatteras will be a symbol of hope too, especially in such a dark time for our oceans with overfishing, pollution, oil drilling.
We ended our day in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore with a beautiful drive back to Kitty Hawk during golden hour. Exhausted from the busy day, the quiet drive through this peaceful island was amazing. We were able to reflect on our successful first day and appreciate this national park, void of many buildings or roads. 85% of the land mass known as the Outer Banks is actually protected by and included in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. It is very rewarding knowing that we are working so hard towards the same respect and preservation of this ocean area offshore.