Outer Banks, 2010

 

For their anniversary, Ron and Carol spend a weekend on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

 

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Plymouth, NC - The Roanoke River Lighthouse. An exact reproduction of the lighthouse that stood at the mouth of the Roanoke River out in the Albemarle Sound. The actual light house would have sat at the entrance to the Roanoke River.

 

                                                                                             

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Plymouth, NC - Carol talking to grad students from Eastern State University, NC. (Carol's sister went to ESU.) Specializing in underwater archaeology, the students (and professor in yellow) were measuring antique boats at the museum. Here is miniature version of a Skipjack, one of Ron's favorites.

 

 

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Plymouth, NC - The Roanoke River Maritime Museum. Carol standing next to a very long dugout canoe. The museum had lots of good information about the history of the Roanoke, and other regional, rivers.

 

 

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Manteo, NC - Fort Raleigh National Historic Site - earth works. The site protects and preserves known portions of England's first New World settlements [from 1584 to 1590]. The colony, sponsored by Sir Walter Raleigh, ended with the disappearance of all 116 colonists. The fate of this “lost colony” remains one of the world’s great mysteries.

 

 

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Kill Devil Hill, NC. The view out our hotel. Since it was a bit cool Ron and Carol spent their free time mainly in these chairs.

 

 

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Manteo, NC. Roanoke Island Festival Park. A neat park of NC history with reenactments of Algonquian Indian life and the life of the English colonists before they disappeared. The post (and the Indian village) are taken from the famous paintings by John White.

 

 

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Manteo, NC. Roanoke Island Festival Park. The "Elizabeth II". The representational ship interprets one of the seven English merchant vessels from the Roanoke Voyage of 1585. Sailors on board help with understanding its operation.

 

 

Manteo, NC. Roanoke Island Festival Park. Village blacksmith. This rather good looking blacksmith made Carol a nail from a long rod of iron. BTW, Ron and Carol were the only visitors that morning, but soon kids started coming in by the bus load.

 

 

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Manteo, NC. Another reproduction lighthouse, this one the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse in downtown Manteo.

 

 

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Kill Devil Hill, NC - Carol returning from a long walk on the beach.

 

 

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Currituck, NC - The Currituck-to-Knott’s-Island Ferry. Ron and Carol took the 45 minute ferry ride when coming back up the coast.

 

 

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Currituck, NC - The Currituck to Knott’s Island Ferry. A nice man took this picture.

 

 

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Somewhere between Currituck and Knott’s Island, NC. The GPS dutifully noted the 7.6 mph speed of the ferry. But it did seem to be off the road a bit.

 

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