No trains last night so we slept well! We had a relaxing morning and breakfast at the campsite before beginning our day. We jumped in the truck and headed north to Duck and Corolla with no set plans. As we traveled down the island yesterday to our campsite, Emmitt slept so he missed many of the sites. Today as we head north he is wide awake and making many observations.
First, we made a quick stop at the Bodie Island Lighthouse. This lighthouse is open for you to go up in but we opted to admire it from the ground today so we could keep heading north. We did learn a bit of history while we were there – this was the third lighthouse on this site after the first collapsed from an unstable foundation and the destruction of the second during the Civil War. At just over 164 feet high, I think this is the 3rd tallest lighthouse in the Outer Banks.
From there we continued north to Duck, NC. It’s a cute little town with a lot of small shops. It was a little like Nashville, IN in that regard – except Indiana doesn’t have an ocean or a mile long boardwalk.
We ate lunch at a place called Fishbones which had a great crab dip. The people at the table next to us were from Indiana! For dessert we visited the famous Duck Donuts where you create your own toppings.
These were sooooo good! Emmitt opted for plain glazed. Levi’s love for chocolate led him to choose chocolate coating, rainbow sprinkles and hot fudge glaze. I couldn’t pass up the peanut butter coating with bacon crumbles and a maple glaze. Nick chose a cinnamon sugar base, graham cracker crumbs and a marshmallow glaze.
The boys were tired so they took a little break…
In the afternoon we visited Currituck Beach Lighthouse. It was very similar to Bodie Island in height and included one more step. Levi taught us that this lighthouse had over 1 million bricks and over 200 steps. Compared to the other lighthouses this one looks less “beachy” to me with its red brick exterior instead of the traditional black/white scheme.
The view from the top was pretty spectacular. We were able to see the entire width of the island.
Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in this world. – Gustav Flaubert
Nick has really been hoping for seafood. Surprisingly, there was not an overwhelming amount of seafood restaurants in Duck or Corolla so we had a bit of trouble settling on a dinner option, but finally chose Sun Fish Grill.
During our drive this morning, I booked us for a sunset tour to (hopefully) see wild horses on the beach. The entire day was warm and sunny with a clear sky. As the tour prepared to leave at 6:30pm, a storm rolled in from the Northwest. Although they travel rain or shine, this particular weather is apparently unusual for this area resulting in the guide cancelling the trip tonight. The vehicle below does not appear it would have faired well driving the beaches in a storm. Luckily, we were able to squeeze in a reservation for Wednesday night.
All in all, it was a good day to be a duck in Duck!