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We departed from our usual southbound path and headed east to the Outer Banks to visit friends and some new places.  Our first stop was on Roanoke Island to the town of Manteo.  Here's a map to show the Outer Banks, and I've circled our stops, ending with Morehead City where we are today.

outer banks

The towns on Roanoke are named after the Indian Chiefs from the area - Manteo, Skyco, and Wanchese, and the area is rich with history dating back to the 1580's when the English first came ashore.  There is no better way to appreciate coastal history than to travel the waterways and see why certain locations were strategic for settlements, commerce, and defense.  Manteo has a great living museum that does a terrific job of telling its significant story of the Native Americans and the early settlers.

elizabeth II

The other highlight of our Manteo visit was to see our friends Mike and Jane Ross and Godiva - former DeFever owners and cruising buddies.  They took us on a grand tour of the area, including the Wright Brothers monument at Kitty Hawk - wonderful!

kitty hawk

 

mike, jane, & godiva

Manteo is just a lovely stop with nice shops and restaurants, and a bike path that makes it easy to get to the Aquarium, Elizabethan Gardens, and the Fort.  Our ride to the Aquarium turned into a bit of an adventure when Jim's tire blew out.  We walked our bikes the rest of the way, and he caught a cab back to the boat - it was just too far to walk!

It was a day-long trip down the Pamlico Sound to Ocracoke Island, part of the Hatteras National Seashore.  Ocracoke is only accessible by ferry, private boat, or private plane - and it was pretty quiet since we're so late in the season.  The ferries are huge and can carry cars towing good-sized boats and travel trailers, as well as tractor trailers.

ferry

We walked the town and finally decided to rent some bikes (with big tires) to venture out to the lighthouse...

ocracoke lighthouse

...and to see the beach.  It was cold and windy, but a few people were out fishing in the surf.

surf casting

Jim just happened to notice that the bike rental shop also sold ice cream, so our short visit was truly complete!  We'll definitely come back in the warmer weather.


 
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