FC: Outer Banks Vacation June 2012
4: First Stop Atlantic Ocean
6: Wright Brothers' Museum and Memorial
7: View from the top
8: Jockey's Ridge State Park Biggest Sand Dunes on the East Coast
12: "The current Bodie Island Lighthouse is the third that has stood in this vicinity of Bodie Island on the Outer Banks in North Carolina and was built in 1872. It stands 156 feet tall and is located on the Roanoke Sound side of the first island that is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The lighthouse is just south of Nags Head, a few miles before Oregon Inlet. It is currently not climbable by the public, but restoration work is underway to make it safe for climbing. While some people (including North Carolinians not from the Outer Banks) pronounce the name with a long "o" sound, it is traditionally pronounced as body. This is derived from the original name of the area, which was "Bodies Island", after the Body family from whom the land was purchased. Folklore would have you believe it is due to the number of dead sailors washed ashore from this portion of the Atlantic Ocean, which is known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic." -Wikipedia
13: Bodie Lighthouse and Marshlands
14: "The lighthouse and the lightship appeal to the interests and better instinct of man because they are symbolic of never-ceasing watchfulness, of steadfast endurance in every exposure, of widespread helpfulness." - George R. Putnam, the first Commissioner of Lighthouses, U.S. Lighthouse Service, 1906-1935
18: Pirate Adventures of the Outer Banks We boarded the Sea Gypsy for a wonderful adventure on the high seas! The boys followed a treasure map, took out a bad pirate, and scored some booty!
20: Jennette's Pier has been an Outer Banks institution since July 1939. In September 2003, Hurricane Isabel swept the North Carolina coast, knocking down about 540 feet of the pier. It was reconstructed and reopened in 2011 as an all-concrete, 1,000-foot-long, educational ocean pier. There are 3 wind turbines that provide energy for the pier.
21: We saw two stingrays being caught while we were on vacation!
23: North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
27: Sunset on the Sound
29: Our last night away was in with the family in West Virginia.