Rocky Mount to the Outer Banks

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Mangrove trees

First thing this morning, Jag surprised me with a birthday card!  Is romance finally taking hold?  Don't question it, Roz!  Just enjoy it ...

After leaving Rocky Mount, light rain began.  It seems to be spotty, but is predicted to continue for another two or three days.  Oh, well - can't argue with Mama Nature.  It is almost entertaining to me: our area in California has not seen rain since February or March.  I hope it thunders.

The road to the Outer Banks goes past some lovely scenery and interesting houses.  One had what appeared to be old fashioned farm hand tools covering the front walls of the place.  I wish we could have stopped to photograph that one, but there was no legal way to do that.

Now I know for sure why the water turns dark.
  Also, because of the high speed limit, we were past the house too fast.

We also passed the tallest radio/cell phone tower we have ever seen.  It must be at least 200 feet high.  I had to take two photos to get it all in - photo merge will be done when we get home.  We also passed a couple of tobacco fields.  I was expecting to see more.

We stopped at (yet another) Welcome Center to pick up information about the area we will visit for the next couple of days.  It was located at the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge near Columbia, North Carolina.  The main area is a bit farther away and shelters the very rare red wolf.  There was a beautiful boardwalk alongside the water and through the forest.

Croatan Bridge to Roanoke Island.
  It was interesting to see the mangrove trees with their broad root areas in the water.  There was a sign that explained how the water of the area turns dark.  I took a photo, which is posted here, but I am not sure how well it turned out.  We ate our picnic lunch there and I took a short stroll along that wonderful boardwalk.

We continued on towards the Outer Banks.  We crossed the huge Alligator River and Bridge, then the long Croaton Sound and bridge to the Manteo area of historic Roanoke Island.  We stopped to visit Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and the Lost Colony of Roanoke.  It is a fascinating place with its sad history for both the Native Americans and the English colonists.

"Sam & Mira" at Fort Raleigh
  It was here that Virginia Dare was born - the first child of English descent born in what was to become the United States.  The entire colony disappeared, man, woman and child - even the houses they lived in vanished.  To this day no one has been able to figure out what happened to them. 

We were planning to visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial on our way to our motel in Kill Devil Hills.  Unfortunately, the rain began to come down rather heavily.  We decided to put it off until tomorrow morning.  I just hope it will be dry then.  Our motel, the Days Inn Mariner, is okay.  The room is not large, but the bed is really pretty with aqua-blue bed linens and a nice acqua and pink bedspread.

"Sam & Mira" at Theater at Fort Raleigh
  I took a photo, which I posted with this entry, but I really need to Photoshop it to make it brighter.  It is quiet and, although right on the beach, we picked a room on the street side to save some money for those days when our rooms will cost over $100 per night.  It is comfortable and that is the most important thing.  As soon as I signed in and before we had a chance to move our stuff from the car to our room, the sky really opened up.  It absolutely poured so hard I could not see out the window.  I waited for a few minutes and the rain then merely poured.  I was soaked, but I promise: I did not melt (as I am sure someone out there would think I would ...!).

To celebrate my birthday, Jag and I went to an absolutely marvelous restaurant for dinner.  Colington Cafe is very popular both with tourists and locals and for good reason.  The restaurant is physically beautiful with charming French-inspired decor.  The food was scrumptious and the service was perfect.  Our waiter had a great personality and definitely earned his 20% tip.  The only downside: it ain't cheap!  The upside?: it ain't cheap!  I am being snobbish - this type of restaurant does not attract the loud-mouthed slobs of the world.  It was very relaxing.  If you ever visit the Outer Banks, Jag and I recommend this restaurant highly.  What a great way to end the day.

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Mangrove trees
Mangrove trees
Now I know for sure why the water …
Now I know for sure why the water…
Croatan Bridge to Roanoke Island.
Croatan Bridge to Roanoke Island.
Sam & Mira at Fort Raleigh
"Sam & Mira" at Fort Raleigh
Sam & Mira at Theater at Fort Ra…
"Sam & Mira" at Theater at Fort R…
16th century wood carving at Fort …
16th century wood carving at Fort…
The only remains left of Fort Rale…
The only remains left of Fort Ral…
Theater at Fort Raleigh National H…
Theater at Fort Raleigh National …
Another view of the Theater at For…
Another view of the Theater at Fo…
Pocosin Lakes Wildlife Refuge - bu…
Pocosin Lakes Wildlife Refuge - b…
Our pretty bed at Days Inn Mariner…
Our pretty bed at Days Inn Marine…
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