First Flight and then some...

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
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Trip End Jun 01, 2011


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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

We got started later than usual on our exploratory journey today... and that's the way it is.  We set out for for the Carrituck National Wildlife Refuge, but for some reason the Hussy didn't think we should go there.  She messed with my susceptible mind enough that we gave up and went to lunch.  We found a cool place at Mel's Diner.  It's a take off from the Alice tv series.  The food was good and the atmosphere groovy.  Lynnie had a hotdog and I had the bleu cheese burger.  Lots of food and great fries.  The owner, who hails from northern PA, was kind enough to take our picture in front of the place.  Nice guy, cool place, good food. What more can I...?

We took off from Mel's and put the Wright Brothers National Memorial in the Hussey's brain.  She did a decent job of taking us directly there.  One thing about the Outer Bank is obvious... Wind.  It was blowing about twenty to twenty-five miles an hour.  I had to cinch down my cap or lose it.  It was so strong that it blew the tag on our mirror, from the campground, out of the car.  In spite of my innate sprinting abilities, I could not fetch it.  Drat...

We toured the Wright Brothers Museum and attend a presentation by a ranger about the First Flight.  One item that I really appreciated:  They asked a friend to take a picture of the aircraft while in the air.  He was so amazed and in such shock, that when the asked if he had taken the picture, he replied. "I don't know".  As it turned out he did and it's purportedly one of the five most important photos ever taken.  It is a great photo.  I've included a picture of it too.  The walk around the area is really wonderful.  One can see the lengths of the original four flights and also climb up Kill Devil Hill and view the monument.  Very impressive and a thrill for us to be in such a place where such an amazing happened over a hundred years ago.  The brothers, humble bicycle mechanics, were born engineers and true risk takers. The had received a flying toy from their father when he returned from a trip and it enthralled them.  It led to flight, as we know it today.  There's a bit of inventor in each of us in some way.  

We then headed north in the direction of our original destination.  There's a lighthouse near Carolla, NC.  We headed out on this trip.  It's about thirty miles from the Monument.  The road is curvy and lined with thick foliage and houses.  It's an area where the rich have summer homes.  Most of them lay empty, since it's early in the season.  We saw one lot for sale for $299,000.  Ten years salary for many and yet with no building on it.  There were many workers in the area preparing dwellings and doing construction.  

When we got to the lighthouse, we had just started out on a trail through the woods and it started to rain.  Serious Southland rain.  Like pouring water out of your boot kinda rain.  I did manage to get one photo when it let up some.  I took it from the passenger window and got a bit damp in so doing.  We felt badly that we couldn't climb the two hundred and some odd steps to see the view and tour the lightkeeper's house.  We'll do that next time.

We headed home and got dinner ready.  Lynnie marinated chicken breasts in rosemary, oregano and basil, with garlic powder, Lowry's and cayenne.  She used olive oil and red wine vinegar as a liquid.  She calls it a "kitchen sink marinade".  They grilled to a beautiful crispy brown and were delicioso...

Tomorrow if the forecast rain appears, we'll do laundry and hang out.  If not, further adventures will appear in these pages.  
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