Well, We’re Back From Vacation

It’s a rare occurrence when I return from vacation feeling truly rested and not the least bit annoyed about returning to work. A lot of that may have to due to the fact the Outer Banks is freakin’ epic! Most of today will be posts from vacation, so if that’s not your thing, You can skip past them.

The first big thing we experienced was the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina – the coolest town name evah.

(Oh, click the photos to embigggen.)

Most national parks bore kids to tears, but this was different. The park is not overly large, but it has a lot of history, and some great stories about Orville and Wilbur Wright and the men who helped them fly. The memorial (above) is at the top of the sand dune hill where the brothers launched their planes. Climbing to the top of the hill on the paved walkway was difficult enough in the heat – it became very steep the closer you came to the memorial – so I cannot imagine the men dragging the plane up and down the sand dune time after time.

The view from the top is impressive, however…

There is more below the fold…

At the bottom of the hill are four stone markers noting the first four successful flights, the pilots, and the distance. I figured I would have each kid stand next to the marker ffrom youngest to oldest, shortest flight to longest. Julia’s first.

Then Kevin.


And finally Kyle.

It’s a terrific place to visit if you’re a history buff, not very expensive to get in, and your ticket is good for seven days. I mean, if my kids thought it was awesome, that’s saying something. I would highly recommend it if you’re in the area.

5 thoughts on “Well, We’re Back From Vacation

  1. I really enjoy checking out new locations and visiting historical sights, The summer I spent in Pennsylvania was one of my favorites. I enjoyed our outing to Lancaster and seeing all the horse and buggies. What’s not to like about a visit to Hershey? And, I cried like a baby at Gettysburg. It was cool to see Eisenhower’s farm. You live in a place rich with history….me, I’m here in Iowa with livestock and crops. Glad you all had a great time!


  2. Ronni – I trash PA a lot, but it has some excellent places to visit. One of the most underrated is the Revolutionary War-era Fort Mifflin in South Philadelphia.

    Proof – Yep, share and share alike.

    William – Kyle and I were talking, and wondered if they took a steep dive, would they be rushed forth face-first into the ground?


  3. Looks like a great time. I haven’t spent much time on the east coast except further north where my wife’s aunt lived near the border of MA and NH. But, on year I was in DC for some training, I drove down to Kill Devil Hills and went to that memorial and walked around the beach. Got to drive a little way down the Outer Banks. It was seriously cool and looked like a place I’d like to return, but I’ve never had the opportunity since.


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