Flights and Lights
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We got our usual late start. This area is very casual, so no big deal. After stops at Bank of America and a grocery store for some lunch fixins, we started our sightseeing of the wonderful Outer Banks with a visit to the Wright Brothers National Memorial. It is fascinating. It is especially interesting to see just how far those first flights were: 890 feet was the farthest - on the fourth flight of the day. Not much, but look what has happened since.
We drove south to the beautiful Bodie Island Lighthouse. It is a majestic structure, striped black and white. These markings, and those on other lights along the Atlantic (not sure about the Pacific Coast), helped sailors to identify where they were during the day. Due to the age of the structure, and the lack of stabilizing, people are not allowed to climb its magnificent black spiral staircase to the top.
We crossed a magnificent bridge over the Oregon Inlet to Hatteras Island. Again, the area is just wonderful. I would imagine the entire Outer Banks Area is really crowded during the height of the summer season. Right now, though, it is perfect. The weather today is cool and partly cloudy. There have been a few spurts of rain, but nothing to use an umbrella for. Most of the island is part of the Cape Hatteras National Recreation Area. This protects the ecology of the beaches, dunes, inlets and wildlife of this unique place. The town of Buxton provides tourist facilities next to the famed Cape Hatteras Light.
We left Hatteras Island much too soon, but wanted to catch the ferry to Ocracoke Islandwithout a long wait. Summer months the wait must be truly awful. The crossing was very pleasant, 35 minutes long, with nice people to talk to and lovely views of Pamlico Sound and a large number of pelicans. The drive to the village of Ocracoke was about 12 miles.
At the recommendation of the Lodge's staff, we went to the Cafe Atlantic for dinner. Jag ordered mussels as an appetizer - something he really loves. My main course was Pesto Scallops -- to die for! Highly recommended.
Off to the mainland in the morning.