1991 Trip with my Brother up the East Coast to Washington, D.C.

The southernmost lighthouse on the Outer Banks The Hurricane of 1944 was one of the worst with water flooding the entire island and some homes having 25-30 inches in them. Water lapped against the doorstep of the lighthouse and was seven inches deep in the keeper's house. The 1823 lighthouse was controlled by both northern and southern troops during the Civil War. Confederate troops removed the lens from the lamp in the early years of the war, while Union troops replaced it in 1863.
The first successful sustained powered flights in a heavier-than-air machine were made here by Wilbur and Orville Wright on December 17, 1903. A 60-foot granite monument dedicated in 1932, is perched atop 90-foot tall Kill Devil Hill commemorating the achievement of these two visionaries from Dayton, Ohio.

The Bypass (US 158) and the Beach Road (NC 12) are marked by mileposts that originate at the Wright Memorial Bridge in Kitty Hawk and continue through MP 21 in South Nags Head. An address that reads "MP 7, Beach Road, Kill Devil Hills" is located 7 miles south of the Wright Memorial Bridge on NC 12.

Once you cross the bridge into Kitty Hawk, you can't miss the bigger-than-life signs that lead you to your destinations. To get to Southern Shores, Duck, Sanderling, Corolla, or Carova, turn left on NC 12 and head north. For destinations south of Kitty Hawk, continue on US 158 to Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head. Just over 16 miles south of the bridge, the road veers right toward Roanoke Island and Manteo and branches.
A large granite boulder at the first flight area near the reconstructed 1903 camp buildings marks the spot where the first airplane left the ground. Numbered markers indicated the distance of each of the four flights made on December 17, 1903.

Brother Eddie and myself at the base of the Wright Memorial, Kill Devil Hill, Kitty Hawk, N.C.
Inside the visitors center at Kill Devil Hill you will find the exact replica of the first flight aircraft.
The Washington Baum Bridge from Roanoke Island leads to South Nags Head, where you can choose to travel north toward Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Duck, and Corolla, or south to Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island. The Cape Hatteras turnoff is on the right, about a mile from the bridge's eastern terminus. At this intersection -- referred to as Whalebone Junction -- you bear left onto US 158 in Nags Head or go straight to connect with the Beach Road (NC 12), either of which takes you north from Nags Head through Kitty Hawk. (Note that South Nags Head is accessed in this area via Old Nags Head Road.) A right turn at Whalebone Junction puts you on NC 12 toward Bodie Island, the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, and points south. If you continue on NC 12 across the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge onto Hatteras Island, the road goes through Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras Village. A ferry in Hatteras Village goes to Ocracoke Island.
First-time visitors should stop at the visitor centers to see exhibits and obtain information about the many recreational activities and natural features in the seashore. Seasonally, a wide variety of guided programs can be enjoyed to enhance your visit.
First sight is a deer who runs up to the car.
Wildlife has been aclimated to humans and automobiles so that they are very friendly and unafraid.
Assateague Island wild ponies travel the beach near Chincoteague & Ocean City. Assateague's south entrance is a 1/4 mile east of Chincoteague, its north entrance is eight miles from Ocean City. Chincoteague and Ocean City are gateways to Assateague Island and provide vacation lodging for outdoor recreation like ecotours to see wild ponies. More than 300 wild ponies wander the beaches, inland pine forest, and salt marshes. Assateague became a National Park in 1965 and together with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Refuge and State Park, the land and water boundaries of Assateague Island total over 48,000 acres in Maryland and Virginia.
Assateague Island National Seashore.
Assateague Island is a vital resting and feeding area for a large variety of birds. The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is located on Assateague Island and is one of the most popular birding destinations in the United States. Assateague birdwatchers enjoy the island's wealth of over 300 species of migratory and resident birds. Assateague is an essential part of the Atlantic flyway and is prime habitat for thousands of waterfowl and other birds with migrational instincts that carry them north and south annually.

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