Despite our attempts to lather on SPF 50 and reapply a few hours later, we missed a few spots. Thankfully the kids don’t look too bad and other than a red glow on my face, I’m ok. Nick on the other hand…well this quote must have been penned for him!
He looks much more like a lobster than most lobsters do. – P. G. Wodehouse
Driving south on the island today looked a lot like our drive north a few days ago. There is one main highway (NC-12) that runs the length of most of the island. Along the highway are map dot towns separated by narrow spaces on the island covered by sand dunes and near simultaneous views of the ocean and sound.
Today we passed a high school that was situated on the sound side. It appeared there were classrooms overlooking the water – certainly different from our high school days. Their mascot was appropriately named “Hatteras Hurricanes.” This isn’t the best picture, but it gives you an idea of the types of homes scattered along the route. Nearly every home has three stories and plenty of porch space for overlooking the water.
Our first stop for the day was to Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum where we saw exhibits of shipwrecks over the last several centuries.
We even found two pirates…
One of the exhibits told of the sinking of the Titanic. The U.S. Weather Bureau Station in Hatteras, NC was one of the locations that received a distress signal. The building still exists and is now a historical marker. It was neat to drive by this piece of history.
We stopped for a picnic lunch overlooking the sound.
Next stop – Cape Hatteras Light Station. I believe this is the tallest lighthouse on the island. When I think of a lighthouse, this is the iconic look that comes to mind with its barber pole style and red brick base. In 1999, the lighthouse was moved from its original location to protect it from the receding shoreline.
The stones surrounding the boys are from the old foundation before the move. The stones are carved with names and years of all the lighthouse keepers.
Before heading to dinner, we stopped for a round of Putt-Putt at Jurassic Putt. Emmitt loved all the dinosaurs!
For dinner we headed to the city of Manteo on Roanoke Island. It is a cute little down with many small shops and restaurants along the bay. The city is birthplace of America’s first English child. We even spotted a pirate ship!
We enjoyed dinner at Avenue Waterfront Grille with patio seating overlooking the bay. Little did we know that when we introduced Levi to crab dip earlier this week we would start an expensive habit. When he realized they had crab dip here too it was a no brainer which appetizer we would order! Nick had a filet of tuna and I had the tacos with grilled tile fish.
And what better way to end an evening than with ice cream? We found the “Tasty Freeze” of the Outer Banks…Booty Treats!