Later in the week, we take advantage of the ideal weather conditions to head out of the inlet and run the 6 miles to Cape Lookout National Seashore, where we drop the hook in 6 feet of water near Day Beacon 6. Well protected from the ocean swell, we’re surrounded by beautiful white-sand beaches and crystal-clear aqua blue water. This undeveloped national park, located on a barrier island, has no paved roads, concession stands, hotels or bridges to the mainland. Its black-and-white, diamond-painted lighthouse was commissioned in 1859 and continues to light the way for offshore ships. We join a group of visiting Boy Scouts for a 15-minute park ranger presentation on the life of a light keeper, and afterward we walk for miles along the pristine, nearly deserted ocean beach. While we don’t spot any of the loggerhead sea turtles that often nest along the beaches, we notice a mysterious shadow about 20 yards offshore. It’s about 10 feet long and slowly moving parallel to the beach. Maybe it’s a dolphin or a whale? But our imaginations fill our heads with the soundtrack to Jaws.