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.
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.