Ride Em Cowboy!
Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
72Trip End Aug 12, 2008
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Virginia Beach KOA
We stopped at the Bodoie Island light house, but were unable to climb it as it is not open to the public. It is still in operation. The kids were slightly disappointed, but we got a snap of it and sallied forth to Kitty Hawk. Yes, this is the birthplace of flight made by the Wright brothers. Ellen and Clark had conversation that when they learned about Orville and Wilbur it was never mentioned exactly where Kitty Hawk was. The outer banks was the perfect spot atop Kill Devil Hill as it had the dunes of sand for soft landings, wind for flight and it was a secret mission and there wasn't really anyone out there to speak of. We climbed atop Kill Devil Hill where the 2 brothers made over 1,000 flights from. It was pretty interesting and it had great views from the memorial that stands in honor and gratitude for their genius and fortitude.
In route from the Outer Banks to Virginia Beach we had the experience of crossing a bridge that was a few miles long. We've learned that that in itself is not so unusual, but, the length of our wheelbase and the seams in the concrete bridge corresponded perfectly to give us a thrill ride
We arrived at KOA to find a line of campers down around the lane. Yes, it was the 4th of July weekend! It was absolute insanity the amount of traffic and it was all campers so it wasn't the easiest maneuvering. We got to the sight and start setting up when we realized they put us in a 30 amp sight. This won't due. So Ellen went to sort things out. She was told that there weren't any sights available except for the reservation still to come. Guess what, we got moved to that sight. Ellen went to go tell the kids, who were playing life size chess, that we moved sights and went to check it out so she could lead Clark to the right spot. We started over with the RV and someone else had checked in and moved into our spot. Ellen headed right over to the registration desk again....the woman who had helped her was at a loss and got the manager involved. Unbeknownst to Ellen the other party had come in and were complaining that they were supposed to be there, they were making such a ruckus that the manager went to them first. Their confirmation was for a 30 amp sight, so they had to move. We waited patiently while the husbands (who were military got involved.) The Griswalds prevailed and 2 hours later got to move onto their sight. Ellen took on the Marines and (no surprise to Clark) she won!
The kids made a friend by the name of Ryan who is 14 years old with a mustache and helped them with their discrepancies in chess. A referee of sorts. Interesting person. The kids played chess until dinner was ready and then we all retired as it had grown to be late and we had a big day the next day....the 4th of July