S: OBX September 2010
BC: Corolla at Sunset
1: Day 1 Destination: Kitty Hawk Day 2 Exploring the Beach Day 3 Roanoke Island Day 4 Corolla Wild Horse Tour Day 5 Wright Museum & Sand Dunes Day 6 Cape Hatteras & Ocracoke Island Day 7 Ridin' the Waves 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.
4: Day 2 Exploring the Beach
7: Day 3 Elizabeth Gardens Roanoke Island Elizabeth Gardens, also located in Fort Raleigh National Park, 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.
10: Day 3 Roanoke Island Island Farm (c. 1847) gave us a taste of daily life on Roanoke Isalnd in the mid 1800's. The centerpiece of the site is the Etheridge farmstead, where Adam Etheridge bult a house on land his family had farmed since 1757. It is the oldest period restoration house on the Island. The site includes the Farmhouse, Cookhouse, Smokehouse, Dairy, Slave Cabin, Barn and Chicken Coop.
12: 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.
15: Day 4 Corolla One of the highlights of our trip was the open Jeep ride to see the Wild Mustangs that roam free in the Northern part of the island. Spanish ship 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 border 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.
16: Ridin' the Waves
17: FOOD...good food is a must to make a vacation great. JoAnn made a delicious meal for us, fresh from the fish market lump crab cakes and mango salsa. Janice was up at the crack of dawn and so while we were all still asleep she brought home Duck donuts. Friends that feed you...best friends ever!
18: Day 5 Wright Brothers National Memorial On this remote, sandy beach, in 1903, Orville Wright broke our human bond with Earth...he flew. It lasted only 12 seconds, and the distance of the flight was less than the length of an airliner. But for the first time, a manned, heavier than air machine left the ground by its own power.
20: Day 5 Sand Dunes Jockey's Ridge State Park is the tallest natural sand dune system in the Eastern United States. It is located in the town of Nags Head just South of Kitty Hawk. It was really hot this day...the sand was burning our feet!
22: Day 6 Cape Hatteras & Ocracoke Island About a 2 1/2 hr drive South of Kitty Hawk to Cape Hatteras is the farthest South you can go on the mainland of the Outer Banks. First stop was the historic Cape Hatteras Light Station and then stopped for lunch at the cutest deli. Our next stop was the Island of Ocracoke, just 9 sq. miles and it can only be reached by ferry.
25: Before we left Ocracoke Island we stopped at this local pizza place and while the girls ate pizza the Moms got a cold one. Then we caught the last ferry to the mainland just in time for the most beautiful sunset...thank you Jehovah!
26: Our trip song ... "If It's Love" by Train "the rest is just WHATEVER".
27: Day 7 Coming Home