Friday, July 13, 2018

Outerbanks, North Carolina

From Jamestowne, we drove to the Outerbanks, North Carolina.  We stayed in Cape Hatteras which is less busy than the northern beaches.  Most of our visit was spent relaxing by the pool and the beach and eating amazing sea food.  

The Outerbanks is famous for the seven lighthouses.  The lighthouse at Cape Hatteras is the tallest in North America. 
Hatteras Lighthouse, tallest lighthouse in North America

Hatteras is also home to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum which has artifacts of shipwrecks and history of piracy on the Carolina Coast.   This year is the 300th anniversary of the end of Black Beard’s reign of terror a number of the maritime museums have special exhibits. We also learned about the lost art of canvas decoys from a local artist.

Catch of the Day
Wright Brothers National Monument, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Hatteras was as far south as we headed on this road trip.  We hoped to take a day trip to Ocracoke, but the ferry wait time was over two hours (not very fun in the heat).

As we started our return journey northwards, we visited the Wright Brothers National Monument, operated by the National Park Service.  On December 1903, the Wright Brothers flew their first airplane.  While their voyage may only have lasted 12 seconds, their efforts changed the world. 

Wright Brothers National Monument

Bronze / steel model of the first glider
Next stop: Walton's Mountain

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