The Outer Banks

We left Asheville with promises to return.   One of the things that has charmed us in North Carolina has been the roadside lilies.  Here are some at a rest area (where they are easier to photograph).


Our new home for a few days is Riverside Campground in Belhaven, NC.  Abbey cooled off after one of our longer drives with the fiver.

The bridge over to Roanoke Island took us to Nags Head, where we found a place to have Oysters and where Abbey could join us (too hot for dogs in cars, even just a little bit!).  In Kill Devil Hills, we went to the Wright Brothers National Memorial, where we saw the landing points of the first four flights.

We drove up to Kitty Hawk and then headed back for Roanoke Island where we went to Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, where the Lost Colony of Roanoke was.  We attended a ranger-led program about the theories as to what became of the settlers in the late 1580s.  Closer to Belhaven, a bear lumbered across the road.

The next day we took the almost 3-hour ferry from Swan Quarter to Ocracoke.

We visited the lighthouse, checked out the beach, and had amazing burritos at Eduardo’s food truck

Then we boarded the 1-hour ferry to Hatteras and visited that lighthouse.

We drove along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and crossed the bridge at the Oregon Inlet, where we visited … another light house, the Bodie Island Light Station.  Lighthouses are fun to visit because they are evocative of life at the edge – and they are always in beautiful locations.

We drove home through an area that had recently burned, giving haunting sunset images.

Today we’re having a stay-in-one-place day, always welcome after a lot of activity.  Tomorrow we’re off for Virginia.


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