Don & Sandi at "home", back in the Stockton area.

Friday, October 8, 2010

History, Airplanes, Horses, and a Lighthouse


We traveled from Virginia to North Carolina on Wednesday.

Prior to leaving Virginia we visited the "historic triangle" comprised of Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown.   Colonial Williamsburg was, at one time or another, the home of Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, James Madison, and George Washington during the time it was the capitol of Virginia.   Jamestown was established in 1607 and became the first permanent British settlement in America!   Yorktown is the location of the battle where the Colonists defeated the British; and General Cornwallis surrendered to General Washington, effectively ending the Revolutionary War.   A lot of fascinating history here, with each of the towns within about 10 miles of each other.

On Thursday, we visited Kitty Hawk, North Carolina and the Wright Brothers National Memorial, recognizing the first sustained powered flight by an airplane in 1903.   We were able to walk the path of the four flights they made on December 17, 1903.   Fun!

On Friday we took the "wild horses" Jeep tour on the North Carolina "Outer Banks".   Mustangs were brought to the Outer Banks back in 1520 when the Spanish established a mission in the area.  This herd of mustangs runs free in the Northern part of the Outer Banks area.   On our 2-hour Jeep tour our guide drove us to the beach, on the beach, through water (over "hill and dale")...and we saw approximately 25 horses during our ride.  The horses are absolutely beautiful.   This adventure is now in our top five list of "fun things" from our 100-day road trip.   We highly recommend it!

After our wild mustang adventure, we visited the nearby "Currituck Beach Light Station" (lighthouse), a beautiful red-brick structure built in 1875.  It is 162 feet tall and has 214 steps to the top...we know...we climbed 'em.   The view from on high was quite lovely as we could see both the bay and the Atlantic Ocean from the lighthouse, built on the narrow strand of land known as the Outer Banks.  

We head-off to Florida (via South Carolina and Georgia) starting tomorrow.  

Bye for now...take care.
Don & Sandi  


  1. Wow - It is constantly amazing to see and hear about your adventures. I can't think of anything you've missed along the way. This has to be the coolest beginning of a well deserved retirement ever!

  2. So jealous! I, well we, are so jealous!!!! Madison and I want to see the horses!!!!!!!!!!! Your pictures were amazing. Although we love all the info and pictures and neat things you guys are seeing... we are even more excited to have you home to Stockton soon. Love you bunches! :)