This past week was spent at the beautiful Outer Banks area. We stayed at Avon in the cutest little two story circular house right off the beach. Jakob called the house the "lighthouse house" because it sort of looked like a house and we've been telling him for months that we're going to lighthouses when we go to the beach.
And we did see lighthouses! We saw the lighthouses at Bodie Island
, and Ocracoke Island. We also went to Kitty Hawk to see the Wright Brothers memorial
and Jockey's Ridge. The boys loved the museum and memorial. I was rather impressed with all the paintings of those who made history in aviation from Amelia Earhart to Nasa to George Bush senior, the first air force pilot to become a president.
Jockey's Ridge is a huge sand dune and I was fortunate enough to go hang gliding
off this huge sand dune. If anyone is considering going hang gliding, I highly recommend beginning at Jockey's Ridge at the Kitty Hawks Kites Hang Gliding School. The pilots are cool and excited about the flight and the Jockey Ridge area. On our walk up to the sand dune, I got to hear all the legends and history on the sand dunes, how it buried a miniature golf course, homes, and hotels, how the glass found on Jockey Ridge is most likely from the Speak Easies during prohibition because alcohol bottles were hid inside the dunes, and how one of the Wright Brothers' attempts to fly was actually on the Ridge. As for the safety, the mound not enormously high and the landing was a soft, fluffy bed of sand.
After I dove off Jockey's Ridge, I walked through the Elizabethan Gardens which is a memorial for the Lost Colony and the first child born in the new colony, Virginia Dare. There is a beautiful Venus-like statue of Virginia Dare that appears to be cloaked in ship netting. My favorite statue, and the entire reason I wanted to go to the Elizabethan gardens, was the huge Queen Elizabeth I statue holding roses
The boys loved the beach. We went on a sea shell hunt, taking home a whole bucket of treasures. Jakob liked the beach but was a little unsure about it after getting knocked down by waves. Bailey, however, loved the beach. He would throw sand back at the waves as he let the waves carry him back and forth on the edge of the shore. I had to hold on tight to the little guy because he was pretty fearless. The rip tides were pretty strong and he was running straight forward into those waves.
Both of the boys loved watching the water. It's nice watching their fascination at new things. They especially loved the ferry that took us to Ocracoke Island.
Speaking of Ocracoke, there was the niftiest little shop called The Mermaid's Folly which to my surprise actually sold David Delmare prints.
We went to see the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum where we saw remains of things found from ship wrecks, paintings of shipwrecks, and models of Ships, my favorite was the Hamlet. After we went to the museum, we went on a ship wreck hunt
All and all, it was a beautiful trip that we didn't want to end. There are so many more things we wanted to do and see in the area. Taking a bike ride through Ocracoke Island is at the top of my list. Plus, I think I successfully talked Hilary into hang gliding. Seriously, it is no more dangerous than jumping out of a moving swing.
And on a side note, Jakob has learned to sing Jimmy Buffet songs.