Fleeton Year of Adventure travel blog

Which way to turn? Lots to see everywhere!

The beautiful red brick Currituck Beach Lighthouse

214 steps to the top, and I did them all! (but wasn't...

Looking over the northern prt of the outer banks and all the...

Kitty Hawk, NC - the site of the Wright Bros. historic flights

An exact replica of the first powered flyer

Flight markers from the take-off point, indicating how far each flight went

Big Kill Devil Hill - the sand dune the Wrights used for...

The First Flight monument atop Big Kill Devil Hill

We left Virginia Beach and drove down the coast (and via a poorly-signed detour) to arrive at the entrance to the famous Outer Banks of North Carolina. This consists of a series of very narrow islands - really just big sand dunes) which run parallel to the shore of North Carolina, and include the famous Cape Hatteras National Seashore. We headed first to the north end of the strip, through miles and miles of holiday housing estates. The houses were mostly obviously only used in the summer, and we saw many "to let" signs on them We also still saw many places where roads and land were still flooded from the big storm earlier in the month. We couldn't take the motorhome onto the beach roads where they keep THEIR herds of wild ponies, but we did go to and up the beautiful unpainted Currituck lighthouse (1875). It was a windy day and I was a bit timid when we got outside on the top balcony, but worth the climb (and the entrance fees). We then drove back southward and went past the bridge where we came on the island, to stop at Kitty Hawk, and the Wright Brothers National historic site. There are several large museum buildings, outdoor markers and exhibits, films, explanations of the flying machines, etc. We couldn't see everything that afternoon before they closed, so having free admission with our national parks pass we just came back the next morning to finish it up. Of course, in the Wright Bros. days the area was all massive sand dunes and fields, but the area was planted with trees and grasses to keep the site preserved for future generations, so it doesn't look quite the same now. The large sand dune the Wrights used for their glider experiments is called Big Kill Devil Hill - the whole vicinity is called Kill Devil Hills (don't ask me why!) We ended up spending the night in the Kitty Hawk Wal-Mart parking lot, since we couldn't find a campsite which was open.

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