Rocky Mount to the Outer Banks
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.