S: OBX September 2010
BC: Corolla at Sunset
1: Day 1 Travel Day - Destination: Kitty Hawk Day 2 Shelling Day 3 Roanoke Island Day 4 Corolla Wild Horse Tour Day 5 Wright Museum & Sand Dunes Day 6 Cape Hatteras & Ocracoke Island Day 7 Wave Runners & Shelling Day 8 Travel Home
2: Day 1 Travel Day Destination: Kitty Hawk On our way at 6am. Our flight was direct to Norfolk VA. From there we drove a couple hours to the Outer Banks a.k.a. OBX. Our final destination was our condo, Barrier Island Station in Kitty Hawk...just a 1/2 mile from the Ocean.
5: Day 3 Elizabeth Gardens Roanoke Island Elizabeth Gardens, located on Roanoke Island, is a memorial to the first English colonists who came to North America in 1584-1587 and "walked away through the dark forest into history" and are called The Lost Colony. This is where Sir Walter Raleigh made initial attempts to colonize the New World under Queen Elizabeth I. Here we toured the beautiful gardens, the world's largest bronze likeness of Queen Elizabeth I and period buildings.
6: Day 3 Roanoke Island
9: Day 4 Corolla One of the highlights of our trip was on the island of Corolla. The main attraction here are the Wild Mustangs that roam free in the Northern part of the island. Spanish ship logs and journals from the 16th Century indicate that the first horses arrived on the Outer Banks via Spanish explorer vessels as early as 1520. Numerous shipwrecks occurred offshore and surviving horses swam to safety. There are 12,000 acres of the northern beaches located near the Virginia boarder where these horses run free in a protected area. We took a 2 hour open Jeep tour...our Jeep tour led us up north until the paved road ends abruptly at the beach. We kept going about 10 miles up the beach and saw many of these beautiful horses.
10: Day 4 Corolla Siteseeing this day also included Currituck Beach Lighthouse which was built in 1873 and The Whalehead Club which was the hunt club and vacation home of industrialists Edward and Marie Louise Knight of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is rumored that because area hunt clubs forbade women members, Knight built the structure for his wife who enjoyed hunting, horseback riding and other outdoor activities. They called their home Corolla Island and used it not only as their own private retreat, but to entertain their friends and relatives. The elegant home was built between 1922 - 1925.
12: Day 5 Wright Museum
14: Day 5 Sand Dunes
16: The Meeting that never was...so we just did the chicken dance...whatelse
20: Day 6 Ocracoke Island
22: Our trip song ... "If It's Love" by Train "the rest is just WHATEVER".
23: Day 7 Coming Home