Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Welcome to the Outer Banks, North Carolina

Friday, my husband and I made our way to the Outer Banks, North Carolina. We covered too much ground and did too many things to put into one blog, so again, I will break our vacation into several blogs this week.

The Outer Banks, otherwise known as OBX, are a series of islands off the coast of North Carolina. It was founded by Sir Walter Raleigh of England in the 1500s. There were two attempts to colonize in 1585 and 1587. In 1590 the colonists had disappeared without a trace. Today, there are still historians, archaeologists, and scientists trying to figure out what happened to the lost colony.

Our visit begins with a trip across the sound from North Carolina on 64. These views were amazing:

Croatan Sound

HWY 64
Coratan Sound
Welcome Center

Our first stop was to Nags Head Diving and Kayak in Monteo on Roanoke Island. We stopped in to set up a shore dive in Kill Devil Hills for Sunday.

Stump going in to set up a shore dive

After leaving the dive shop, we continued on across teh Albemarle sound into Nags head

Nags Head, NC

Beach houses in Nags Head, NC

A view of the dunes in front of the ocean

We stopped in for drinks at Jolly Roger in Kill Devil Hills where the stained glass windows were beautiful. I had a Bahama Mama in the spirit of the Kill Devil Hills area. Kill Devil Hills got it's name in the colonial times when the locals claimed the rum was strong enough to "kill the devil.

Stump playing games at the bar

We headed out for a seafood buffet in Kill Devil Hills, complete with all you can eat crab legs (Snow crab as well as Dungeness crab). Delish!

We did a little site-seeing Friday evening around Manteo on Roanoke Island. The area is absolutely beautiful. I will post those pictures tomorrow. Check back!

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