Flights and Lights

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Jag on Kill Devil Hills Beach.

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.

"Sam & Mira" with Ajja in front of replica of Wright Brothers' plane.
  Our journey continued on past lovely little resort communities.   All of these were so much nicer than the Kill Devil Hills/Nag's Head with their commercialism. 

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.

"Sam & Mira" and Bubbie - Cape Hatteras Light
  This lighthouse is an incredible structure, made of bricks, painted a unique spiraled pattern of black and white.  It is open for climbing its 270 steps.  Jag went up - I know my capabilities and waited down below.  I was able to learn some of the colorful pirate history of this area.  Did you know there were a couple of female pirates? 

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.

"Sam & Mira" with Blackbeard, the Pirate
  The island is extremely narrow, less than a half mile across, in my estimation.  We reached the little community of Ocracoke and our hotel is really charming.  It is called Blackbeard's Lodge and is the oldest establishment of its kind in the town.  The building was erected in the 1930's.  Our room is not large, but it is comfortable.  The people who work here are very friendly and helpful.  I just wish we could stay longer. 

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.

 

 

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Jag on Kill Devil Hills Beach.
Jag on Kill Devil Hills Beach.
Sam & Mira with Ajja in front of…
"Sam & Mira" with Ajja in front o…
Sam & Mira and Bubbie - Cape Hat…
"Sam & Mira" and Bubbie - Cape Ha…
Sam & Mira with Blackbeard, the …
"Sam & Mira" with Blackbeard, the…
Hungry gulls at beach behind motel…
Hungry gulls at beach behind mote…
Sam, Mira and Ajja at Wright Bro…
"Sam, Mira" and Ajja at Wright Br…
Bodie Island Light
Bodie Island Light
Spiral staircase inside Bodie Isla…
Spiral staircase inside Bodie Isl…
Sam & Mira with Bubbie at Bodie …
"Sam & Mira" with Bubbie at Bodie…
Tiny tree frog at Cape Hatteras Li…
Tiny tree frog at Cape Hatteras L…
Look straight down from top of Cap…
Look straight down from top of Ca…
Happy Jag atop Cape Hatteras Light
Happy Jag atop Cape Hatteras Light
Looking down the stairs inside Cap…
Looking down the stairs inside Ca…
Ferry just like the one we are on,…
Ferry just like the one we are on…
Approaching Ocracoke Island
Approaching Ocracoke Island
Ocracoke Light
Ocracoke Light
Sam, Mira & Bubbie at Ocracoke L…
"Sam, Mira" & Bubbie at Ocracoke …
Painted Pony across from our motel
Painted Pony across from our motel
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