Soon I will be in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Hatteras Island, Cape Hatteras Light, Buxton and Frisco. There is a museum nearby that I plan to visit. It specializes in the thousands of ship wrecks off the Cape Hatteras coast known as Diamond Shoals - "the Graveyard of the Atlantic." There are many ships that were torpedoed by German U-Boats at the bottom along with six sunken U-boats that lay at the bottom off Cape Hatteras - some lost all hands. Pirate history is big in the area, Blackbeard found a home there for a spell on Ocracoke Island and his ship has been found and is being excavated by East Carolina University's under-water archeology department. Revolutionary War history is strong as North Carolina was one of our 13 colonies and was the site of the Lost Colony, the first landing by the English near Manteo, earlier than Jamestown. The colony vanished. The Union Army landed near Buxton and captured the area from the defending Confederate troops stationed there. In 2011 there will be a big civil war re-inactment of the event held there. The Moniter one of the first ironclads was sunk off Cape Hatteras. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick lighthouse in the United States and it stands in Buxton which is in Dare County. Thousands of visitors climb to the top of the lighthouse each year. The National Seashore extends along the coast of most of Hatteras Island all the way up to Kitty Hawk. It is managed by National Park Rangers.
The first ever Wright brothers flight took place just 50 miles north of Cape Hatteras at Kitty Hawk, NC. There is a classic museum there to commemorate the glory of flight. There is also a small airfield there that offers rides in bi-planes over the exact spot the Wright Brother Flew. Other flight history was made by General Billy Mitchell flying out of Frisco to prove that air power was going to dominate future warfare. Billy Mitchell airfield is there today and is used by private aircraft.
Fishing is great on the Outer Banks and I plan to try some fishing on the Pamlico Sound side of the Island. My grandson caught a fairly large flounder just off the dock the other day and they tell me the fishing is not too bad. We will practice catch and release. Plan to visit some local fish restaurant's and learn more about the local fish.
Just recently Hurricane Earl pelted the area with strong winds, pounding rain and high waves and being positioned so far out off the coast literally sitting between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pamlico Sound it gets all manner of unusual weather, sometimes evacuations are called if it looks they are going to take a direct hit from a hurricane. Ferry service runs all year but can be stopped by bad weather. You can put your car on the Ferry and ride over to Ocracoke Island or go on across to the mainland of North Carolina.
My next blog will be from the Outer Banks.
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