Two young 50-something females. One big adventure exploring the Americas. Have liquidated everything they own and packed a Saturn Vue with bare necessities to set out on this journey. Planting seeds at each juncture symbolizing their new growth. With an open mind and heart, ready to get a true view of this world.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

First in Flight

As we reluctantly left our peaceful serenity at the Sound, we traveled south to Kill Devil Hills to visit the Wright Memorial. One of those outings I don't typically seek out but know I usually will enjoy much more than I anticipate. This attraction was no exception.

We were able to use our National Park Access card here, so admission was free for us (well, $80 card starting to be used anyway). We'd pay the $4 per person charge regardless as this is a well run tribute and I found myself with tears in my eyes on several occasions. The reality of what these two brought us is amazing. As we toured the auditorium with its detailed time table and replica aircraft, we both were moved immensely.

The trip up to the memorial is inspiring. Reproduction living quarters are able to be viewed, as well as monuments marking the four attempts that fateful morning in 1903. Along the trail, always in sight, the main attraction sits atop the hill. As we started, the wind was gusting to give a true feel for the conditions that could have been. Very few people were along the path as we made our way to the top. A thought provoking and reflective time, to say the least.

However, the solitude was to be brief. Halfway up, four buses of 8th graders unloaded at the opposite end of the park, making their way to our same destination. As you can imagine, this quickly changed the dynamic. In fairness, it was interesting to watch the difference and further information forthcoming made it clear they were basically on the same tour path as ourselves - (we'd be seeing them again, for sure!). They departed in a timely manner and we had the memorial to ourselves once again. What an amazing view!

Returning to the base, we had another exhibit to visit, with further evidence of the magnitude this accomplishment brought. Mrs. C, you were at the forefront of my thoughts the whole time, as you can imagine. I would assume you've been to this famous site. One notable quote reminded that within 60 years of this 20 second flight, we went to the moon. How, one could ask, is that plausible? Truly awe inspiring!

One final stop landed us at a metal sculpture display depicting the famous event. We had great fun posing as if we, too, were part of the experience. All in all, time here was well spent and we were very happy we had taken this excursion. Everyone should!

Several miles from the Wright Memorial, a hidden gem can be found at The Nature Conservancy Nags Head Woods Preserve. Several blocks off the 158 bypass, behind a small residential area, brought us into a forest/swamp area, much like many nature trails we've been on in the mountains of this same state. Remarkable. Unfortunately, high water kept us from attempting several of the trails, but the view from the main deck was stunning. We did manage to venture on one, taking us along a very pretty scenic route. Avoiding several underwater spots was a bit tricky, but we were able to traverse a good portion of the Discovery Trail, which was amazingly peaceful and desolate, considering how close to the hub of Nags Head proper we were.

We strolled undisturbed for about an hour as the afternoon was coming to a close. What a peaceful and full day these northern banks had provided. Sunset finished this beautiful time, a fitting burst of color as we settled in early. Tomorrow would bring the adventure south, along the national seashore and ferry over to Ocracoke Island. We couldn't wait!!


  1. Tell me, Celeste,

    Did you pick up any pointers from that photographer???

  2. When you visit me, you will get to see the actual plane in the National Air and Space you can have a few more inspiring moments don't you worry!

  3. I guess it was desolate because the TRAILS WERE UNDERWATER! Glad you got to this place BEFORE hurricane season!

  4. And did you think of Capt. Jack when learning about the history of flight? A funny, little known fact: Jack's Air Force airplane, the F-4, is now on a pedastal in the National Air and Space Museum. How does that make him feel?