Great weekend in the Outer Banks!

Sophie and Sawyer strike a pose at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

We had a great weekend visiting the Outer Banks of North Carolina!

The Outer Banks is a 200 mile string of narrow barrier islands.  Parts of the islands are less than a half mile wide.  The cool part of the Outer Banks is the non stop beaches.  You can drive for hours and never leave the beach.

The highlight of the trip for me was my hang gliding trip.  I did a tandem hang gliding ride where they use an ultralight plane to tow you 2,000 feet in the air.  It took about five minutes to get to the right altitude and then another five minutes to get back down.  It was a really cool experience!

After the gliding and a quick lunch, we headed south to the town of Hatteras.  We checked into our hotel, took a quick break, and then went to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.  It’s the tallest lighthouse in the United States and Sophie and I climbed to the top!

We finished off our busy day with a campfire on the beach.  It was still pretty hot, but I’ve never had a campfire on the beach so I figured it was worth doing.

The first thing we did Sunday morning was take a quick ferry ride to Ocracoke Island.  The island is 13 miles long and the only way on is by ferry or airplane.  The whole island is a coastal reserve except for one small town, so there was plenty of space to find a private beach.  We had the whole beach to ourselves as far as the eye could see.

We ended our trip by taking a 2.5 hour ferry ride back to the mainland.  It got pretty exciting when we headed through a bad storm.  With lots of lightening, rain, and hail, Beth was starting to get pretty nervous.  But we made it back without any problems.

We crammed a lot into our little weekend trip.  Hopefully we will have time to go back and visit one more time before we leave.

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