This is the first time for all of us being on the “outer banks”! It is a VERY skinny strip of land off the coast of North Carolina, basically surrounded by water with the Atlantic on one side and the Pamlico Sound on the other. There is just one highway that runs down the middle.
We passed by signs with very familiar places as I read a lot of novels set in the Outer Banks. We saw a lot of beautiful scenery and interesting bridges on our way to our campsite.
I’m on the hunt for two things during our stay here. One, wild horses and two, sea glass! Read further to see if I was successful in finding either!
We spent most of our time here relaxing, floating in the pool and looking for treasures on the beach. I found very little sea glass but I did find one very fine piece….a beautiful bright blue frosty piece about the size of a quarter.
We spent some time at the beach. The weather is beautiful and sunny – there is a firm breeze which helps to keep us cool. I love the sound of the ocean and one of my very favorite things to do is to look for “treasures” along the beach.
Our second day here, we did a bit of sight seeing and a little shopping. In 2008 there was a movie called “Nights in Rodanthe”, starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane. The “Inn”, to me was the quintessential idea of a beach home. When the home was built in the 1980’s, it had 400 feet of beachfront, but over the years with changing waters, it was standing in the Sound. January of 2010, the house was moved to a safe location. We found the house and it looks just like it did in the movie. If you want to rent it, it goes from $1,800 to $7,100 PER WEEK, depending on time of year. It has 6 bedrooms and sleeps 12.
The main draw to the Outer Banks are all the beaches – they are all beautiful and are found on both the Atlantic and the Sound.
When one thinks of the East Coast, light houses come to mind. The Hatteras Lighthouse is a beautiful icon of the island.
A bit further south in the town of Hatteras, we found a yard with a really nice replica of the lighthouse in their garden.
And finally, a few more beach homes and gardens……
Unfortunately, we were not able to see the wild horses. Absolutely every tour was filled so I will have to look forward to that adventure another time.
Tomorrow, we hit the Happy Trail again – we are only going 2 hours north to Virginia Beach. Maybe I’ll find more sea glass!!