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Friday, April 20, 2012

OBX

We arrived at Kitty Hawk RV Park on the beach where we spent 5 days exploring the Outer Banks of North Carolina from one end to the other ~ we took in the Wright Brothers National Monument, Visited Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 4 Historic Lighthouses, the beautiful beaches, rode a ferry to Ocrackoe Island and saw the wild horses on the beaches... Not to mention all the GREAT seafood we ate while here ~ so many crab legs I was about to bust!!!



The Wright brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were two Americans credited with inventing and building the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903. In the two years afterward, the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build and fly experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible and successfully become airborne. We enjoyed seeing where the actually few for the first time and walking around the historic grounds. Did you know that a small piece of their plane went into space on the first manned lunar landing? Cool huh!!!






We love Lighthouses & visit as many of them as we can. So naturally we wanted to hit all the ones on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Lighthouses seem to fascinate many people. They bring feelings of hope & wonder! Lighthouses are fun. There are many great stories about lighthouses of the past, stories of the lighthouse keepers & the danger of the seas. There are also stories of haunted lighthouses that bring with them a sense of mystery around the lighthouse. It is great fun to see lighthouses & read about their history.




The Outer Banks of North Carolina is one of very few places in America where wild mustangs still roam free, stubbornly surviving in this once remote coastal environment. Descended from Spanish mustangs which arrived close to 500 years ago, these hardy, tenacious wild horses have lived here since the earliest explorers and shipwrecks. In previous centuries there were thousands of these wild mustangs roaming the full length of the Outer Banks, from Shackleford Banks, all along Core Banks, Ocracoke, Hatteras, and on northward beyond Corolla on Currituck Banks. With the protected status now afforded to them, they should remain free to live as their ancestors have for centuries. They continue to capture the imagination of many people,especially horse-lovers. If a horse escapes the beach it can never return because it could bring disease back to the other horses also they only eat & drink what they can find on the beach and marsh area because other food can make them very ill. In Corolla you can go see these horses if you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle or go on one of the tours to take you out on the beach.
Beautiful wild Spanish horses on the beach in Corolla, North Carolina

We stayed at Kitty Hawk RV Park ~ It was kinda crowded BUT we had a good site with good electric and Full hook-up. It is not real big rig friendly BUT it does have a couple of sites that would work good for you (31 & 32). To see a complete review of this park click here.

It was a GREAT time here on the Outer Banks but now it is time for us to move on to the next part of our adventure ~ Historic Williamsburg, Yorktown & Jamestown in Virginia.

Have Fun, Travel Safe & Stay Healthy!!!

11 comments:

Judy and Emma said...

I've still got to visit Currituck Lighthouse this summer, and maybe I'll do one of the horse tours to the beach. Nice photos!

Happytrails said...

Wonder what the Wright Brothers would think of the air craft we have today???
Love the lighthouse pics!!
Thanks for another GREAT tour/history lesson. You know I love history!

Donna K said...

Great post...loved the lighthouses, the Wright Brothers and those horse are magnificent. I don't see how they can find enough to eat in that environment but they seem to know what to do.

Sue and Doug said...

great photos of the lighthouses and the horses too!..you and Ralph are moving right along!!!

Karen and Al said...

I would love to see the wild horses. Beautiful pictures.

Rick Doyle said...

Love all those lighthouse pics!

Elaine said...

love the pics you are both having a blast...see you in Canada :) stay safe

K and D in the RV said...

sounds like great fun - would have loved to see those horses.Maybe next year... have good travels.

E Squared and Mui said...

We did a similar trip last year in April - our first time in the OBX. Really enjoyed all that the area has to offer, even more so because it was still pre-season. Didn't do the four-wheel drive jaunt to see the horses, though -- next time we hope. That photo of the horses on the beach is fantastic.

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Janie and John said...

I also love lighthouses. Seeing the wild mustangs would be a treat too. One of these days....

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