The day after Christmas we jumped in the car and headed off the the Outer Banks. The goal was to see as many light houses, and cross as many bridges as we could in 2 days! The air was chilly, but we had a wonderful time seeing the sites and walking along the beach.
The first stop was Roanoke Island and the site of the Lost Colony.
The walk around Roanoke was beautiful, even in late December. We make have to go back to compare summer foliage and experience all these sites when they are actually open.
Roanoke also has a wonderful boardwalk with shops and restaurants.
Our next stop was Kill Devil Hills and the Wright Brothers Memorial. This is the spot where Orville and Wilber launched the first 4 powered flights on Dec. 17th 1903.
Paul making his first flight atop the memorial. Several people stopped to photograph him flying his kite.
Bodie Lighthouse. Pronounced "Body", and may have gotten its name from the many bodies that washed ashore from shipwrecks.
Pauls attempt at taking a photo of us together. There weren't too many people around to be our photographer.
Lighthouse #2, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. This is the tallest working lighthouse in America. It has been moved inland because the sandy island is slowly moving. The original foundation is now underwater.
On the ferry ride to Okracoke Island. Blackbeard country. In fact, Paul is growing a black beard of his own in honor of the dreaded pirate!