we continue on our way...
Don does not like driving on bridges so the series of bridges over the various rivers and sounds to the OBX (Outer Banks) was a challenge. With the relatively short bridge over the Alligator River behind us and as we approached Manns Harbor on what is called the Dare Mainland, we saw the next in the series:
|The Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge over the Croatan Sound|
When we got back Cadbury had made himself comfortable, exhausted after a long day of having to ride in a moving object. (The strap across his chest is part of the vest that he wears so we can walk him on a leash or tether him.)
That night we awakened to gusts of 30MPH/Beaufort 6 winds that buffeted and shook our little abode but we were secure in our conviction that we would not "blow over." And we didn't. The morning of April 19 dawned cloudy and a bit cool so we set off to explore Hatteras Island. Phoenix was as yet not convinced we'd ever come back when we left and sat on the dashboard barking while we were gone the night before so, we piled her in the car and took her with us. National Parks allow animals in almost all the areas except buildings so we knew we could take her most places and leave her in the car, in the shade when we couldn't. As it turned out we only walked around the lighthouse and then down onto the beach so she came with us.
Cape Hatteras LightThe story of it being moved in 1999 is pretty interesting
ominous clouds but only sprinkles of rain
I hated to be snobby but my brother and all his kids are surfers and I almost cried for the surfers in these "waves." I know they get big but these were pitiful (until we got to Cape Cod and I saw what they had there!)
An interesting piece of flotsam-peanuts?
Phoenix loves walks where she can sniff
almost as much as the ones where people pat her and scratch her belly!
We headed back north and started to notice kiteboarding sails visible over the dunes on both sides of the road. When we saw a group of guys up on a stile we decided to stop and watch. The two guys out there were obviously experienced and one guy had a keel that seemed to elevate him and his board above the water. I found out later that it's called a Foilboard and it's a board with a hydrofoil and it's called Kite Hydrofoiling
|This guy was a newbie and was just practicing. A huge gust came and he slid across the sand on his heels.|
We crossed the road to Pamlico Sound where there were a lot more boarders but not half as exciting, even for the guy using two kites.
When we got back to the campground we decided to go for a walk to the Avon Pier and ended up taking a long walk on the beach. Since it's off season, the beach was virtually deserted.
|looking south from the pier|
|on the pier|
|below the pier|
|Don on the pier|
|There were lots of gulls|
|baby Man-O-Wars (Men-O-War?)|
|and interesting flotsam and jetsam|
After 2 hours we headed back to the campground, ate dinner and retired early as we have started to do. There were so many things we wanted to do that we were having trouble figuring out how to schedule them all. The next day's plans were to hike or go to Okracoke Island....