There are probably a couple of hundred houses up on the sandbanks, reachable only on foot or in 4x4s. Most are holiday homes. Anyway, we did a short tour of those houses, and then continued up on the beach to the Virginia border before driving back 11 miles down the beach seeing more horses, sandpipers and gulls and the end of a wedding party leaving the beach for a knees up in one of the bigger houses along the way. When we talked to Jessie about our day, she told us she had been the wedding organiser for that one!
Book online in advance for your tour, and give yourself a morning or afternoon. We were out for 2.5 hours. You will also need some good sunblock as the vehicles are opensided in many cases and it's easy to burn, especially when you are in a vehicle - as you get the breeze and don't realise how much sun you are also getting. Oh! and a bottle of water.
After Breakfast next day, we are up and out as we have a long drive along a scenic route I found on the map on our way to New Bern, North Carolina. But we have one place more to see before we leave the Outer Banks. We have to drive south a couple of miles to Kitty Hawk. History buffs - come on! You should know this name. Put it together with the Wright Brothers and you will probably remember that the Wrights were flying pioneers. It was on the Outer Banks that they took their home made glider and then their plane with the little engine, and attempted manned flight. It is so worth the stop, as in the little information building are full size models of both the glider and the plane. These guys were self-taught engineers.
"Success four flights Thursday morning all against twenty-one mile wind started from level with engine power alone average speed through air thirtyone miles longest 57 seconds inform press home Christmas".
And finally, a call at Outer Banks Hospital, where the lovely Doctor McPherson from Syracuse, NY deflated the balloons and took out the plugs! Did he like it in the Carolinas? He sure did - upstate New York is cold and grey every day!!!! Crossing to the mainland again we take a bridge to Manteo, across Roanoke Island, take the bridge off the island and on to Manns Harbour and down through the National Nature Reserve of Alligator River, North Carolina.
|No more blood (for now!), and here is Maccers looking pleased as punch that the job will be done shortly.|