the wandering chick
...The Outer Banks
of North Carolina


grassy sand dunes
wild ponies graze
My favorite place on the east coast has to be the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The sandy beaches, the lighthouses, the endless list of activities and the smell of the salty all comes together and captures my heart like no other place.
There are many legends about how the wild ponies got to the Outer Banks. These, on Hatteras, are in a double-fenced corral, but on many parts of the islands, there are plenty of free-roaming horses to be seen.
white herons on water
White herons purposely make their way across the water at Pea Island Natural Wildlife Reserve at the north end of Cape Hatteras.
seagulls gather fly overhead for  bread
Pitch a morsel of bread into the sky and you'll soon have dozens of seagulls hovering, all competing for the free handouts.
Avon pier at sunrise
Avon pier on Hatteras at sunrise.
Manteo Harbor house
Manteo harbor house
Manteo Harbor on Roanoke Island
Okracoke lighthouse
Bodie Island lighthouse
Currituck lighthouse

Lighthouses always bring charm to a beach.

Left: Ocracoke

Middle: Bodie Island

Right: Currituck

grassy sand dunes
turtle sticking its head out of the water
Many types of animal life, inclluding this loggerhead turtle, can be seen at Pea Island Natural Wildlife Refuge on Cape Hatteras.
The dunes at Cape Hatteras
cypress knees
cypress knees at water's edge
Wright Brothers Memorial runway
Wright Brothers Memorial, buildings
Cypress knees at the water's edge on Roanoke Island

The Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kill Devil Hills is an extremely interesting activity for a couple of hours. Take the kids and let them experience history on the very grounds where the invention of flight took place.

Besides the replica buildings (below) where Wilbur and Orville worked and lived, the actual runway is marked where they tested their first flights. You will see (left) that each of the four boulders marks the distance of each endeavored flight.

Besides these structures, there's an information center and a memorial.

seagulls over ferry

Please return to the North Carolina directory to view more of the states' locations including the Biltmore Estate, Kure Beach and Maggie Valley and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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seagulls over ferry