we both were in awe of lighthouses -- when dating had many conversations, bought books, pictures -- even decorated with lighthouse miniature replicas and pictures on the wall not because it was the fad. Each picture we bought we would read the history, find the location and dream -- vowed "one day we'll see as many as we can." We have now seen Tybee & St. Simons in Georgia. Hilton Head, South Carolina. Amelia Island, Florida. And, now, OBX, North Carolina. This trip proved special in so many ways. We were fulfilling a dream we had talked about almost 30 years ago -- road tripping to the Outer Banks. We dubbed this trip "lighter load" because it was just the two of us.