Where in the world is the Outer Banks?

Being from the West Coast (Southern California), the East Coast destination of the Outer Banks leaves many Californian’s with blank looks in their eyes or a non-understanding nod. “Where did you say?”. I explain about a delightful find off the shores of North Carolina, the Outer Banks. The typical response is “never knew the place existed”. But when you do find a friend who is in-the-know, you will see jumpy claps of excitement wanting to hear  stories and view your photo albums with nostalgia in their eyes. 

 Out Banks Map

The Outer Banks consists of 130 miles of powdery sand and sea shell treasures, accompanied by a beautifully warm water coastline. Warmer water than the Pacific here in So Cal by far. It has six distinct areas to settle down in, each unique. To the North; Corolla, Duck, Nags Head (Including Kill Devil Kills and Kitty Hawk) Roanoke Island, and Hatteras Island to the south. We chose Kill Devil Hills in the heart of the Outer Banks narrow peninsula, it has a little bit of everything. Plus our dear friends were getting married and we wanted to share the week prior to their big day with an adjacent beach house. Best decision EVER.

From Orange County we flew into Norfolk, Virginia.

Then drove to the Outer Banks about an hour and half to the south.

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The drive from Virginia is a straight shot from the Airport.

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I still get all excited when crossing state lines.

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Lots of green grass, forests, and farmers markets.

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There is only one toll road/booth stop along the way. DH laughed at the toll sign, ‘Turn Off Your Windshield Wipers’. Imagine the worker complaints to management back in the day before the sign was posted. In Cali we don’t get really heavy rain that could pummel a toll booth worker multiple times before paying your toll.

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Almost there, the Wright Memorial Bridge, a 3 mile span across Currituck Sound

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Getting Excited, should I check into FourSquare?

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A wings over water Pelican formation greet us, nice touch Outer banks.

Now that we’re here, let’s sit back and enjoy.

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Meet Kellie, a Tri Delta Sophmore from UNC. The water temp is 73 degrees while I type today.

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Kites were launched, tied up to gazebos around 10am to watch over the beach the rest of the day.

Beautiful and Soothing.

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Can you smell the salt water, marine breeze and Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF55 ?

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Good Morning Sunshine! The beach view to the left.

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The view to the right, can someone please refill my coffee while I read the paper?

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The beach house was known as ‘Four Roses’. Our Home away from Home.

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It can also be seen above (the brown home in the middle). It was good to us.

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Dolphins dancing to everyone’s delight all day long

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Sand that glittered. The shore line was a sea shell collectors dream.

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Fishing hot spot, here fishy fishy.

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The Avalon Pier is an old but reliable Kill Devil Hills friend.

(click the link above for a live piercam) I only do this 9-10 times a day)

Turn up your computers volume to hear the waves landing on the shore.

 

 

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My new Happy Place.

Can’t wait to hear someone mention their trip to the Outer Banks in the future.

I will greet the mention with Jumpy Claps.

  

 

 

6 responses

  1. JMZ mom

    Ahhh – looks so peaceful! Great photos! I want to go!

    June 21, 2010 at 8:09 am

  2. modchik

    Great photos – what a nice way to break in that baby!

    June 21, 2010 at 11:17 am

  3. Courtney

    OOh so breathtaking. Very jealous!!! Have you seen Dear John the movie?? Look like it was filmed right on your beach 🙂

    June 22, 2010 at 7:45 am

  4. MK

    Your pictures turned out great! I love the ones of the pier.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:59 pm

  5. wonderful kathleen! i really got the feel of being there — enough to wonder “hmmm, can i swing a trip in the fall?” thanks 🙂

    it was fun meeting you last night. thanks for the “rubber” tip (WINK)

    June 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm

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