Outer Banks, North Carolina
Saturday morning Bill receives one of those phone calls we all dread.
|Coy at the annual golf tourney, 2018|
The beautiful drive into North Carolina helps, but it's still a quiet trip. One big surprise is the Hampton Bridge-Tunnel that first takes us over the water, then under it!
|Yep, just drive out there and go under water!|
|The island is so narrow, the motorhome on our GPS is wider than the strip of land we're driving on!|
|The sinking feeling gets a little more real in Rodanthe.|
With cooler temps we share a few brews outside and decide we really like it here!
Football and laundry on Sunday is even better with all the windows open to enjoy the cool breezes.
The one thing I really want to see here is the Wright Brothers Memorial at Kill Devil Hills. Monday morning we return north. We stop to see Bodie Island Lighthouse, and pick up an off-highway permit.
|This third lighthouse at this site was completed in 1871, was automated in 1934, and continues to safely guide ships along the barrier island.|
|A recent restoration has the keepers house, tower and grounds looking new.|
There are so many human achievements in our history that have changed all of our lives. The 12-seconds of powered flight is one that has always amazed me. From gliding off a tall sand dune multiple times to getting off flat ground and into the air - can you imagine the excitement?!
Fortunately, the national park's memorial is equal to the moment. It is simply done, leaving room to envision that chilly day in 1903.
The museum is still closed for renovation - we missed the reopening by five days. The 1920's building itself is a national historic landmark.
|Modernizing mechanical and electronic systems.|
|The hollow monument built in 1927 was the first structure placed in a national park.|
|Wilbur lets go of the wing he's stabilizing as Orville pilots their plane off the ground for the first flight.|
|Orville flew the first and third flights. Wilbur flew the second and fourth - the final one nearly a full minute in the air.|
|Friends from the life-saving station nearby had been helping the brothers, and were there to cheer on the successful flight!|
|John T. Daniels also worked at the life saving station, and took the famous photo showing man releasing the binds of earth.|
|10:35 AM, December 17, 1903|
|Wonderful how the propellers look like they're moving - they're not.|
|Walking where man first flew.|
|Standing at the first flight location looking at the practice hill, under skies that make you question why you'd want to be "up there".|
|At the Visitor's Center in Kitty Hawk is the Century of Flight Memorial.|
|An auspicious beginning.|
|A hundred years later man is living in space!|
|Major achievements when we were born.|
|Even more when we graduated from high school.|
We're enjoying the island so much, we extend for another night, giving us a day to take the Jeep out on the beach (sorry Sherry). It's very deep sand, and not surprising it gets very narrow even at low tide.
There are so many people and vehicles on the shore fishing and sun bathing, we turn around just south of the pier. Bill reads that in the summer there are days when there's no place to park between the dunes and the water!
|We never see anyone catch anything.|
|Deep sand, 4-wheel drive required.|
|Beautiful clear skies, no humidity. Wonderful.|
|We've see a lot of beauties, but Hatteras Lighthouse has to be at the top of the list.|
|Staff and keeper's house. Museum in the staff house is open "intermittently as funding allows".|
|What a wonderful place to enjoy when weather permitted.|
|A very impressive base with huge steel doors. Locked today, no tours for anyone.|
|The lighthouse was moved in 1990 due to eroding coastline. The old foundation blocks now form an amphitheater here.|
|The names of the Keepers are engraved on each block.|
|This bright green little guy is the size of my thumb.|
|A modern fossil from the 1990 build. Poor guy!|
|Pelicans are very entertaining.|
|Lots of casting and reeling. No catching.|
|Single scoops of sherbert at the very southern tip of the island.|
|Large wooden puzzle boxes along the shore.|
|The Sound is very popular with parasailors.|
|They're moving very fast!|
|Almost as much fun as pelicans!|
The Outer Banks is a fun and special place, geographically unique, and definitely somewhere we'd love to return to.
Wednesday we head inland for a couple one-night stops along the Interstate that move us into South Carolina.