Barrier Island Station Resort, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina 11/16/2013

November 16, 2013 (Saturday)

 

Mike here.  Edie has requested a day off from authoring our daily activities.  I carefully assessed how much of a mutiny I would have on my hands if I denied the request and rapidly decided she deserved a day off from the documenting endless vacation task.  She is such a good sport and asks so little, what the heck.  My take on the day:

We slept in nicely and Edie did a load of clothes first thing this morning.  It is a beautiful day and we were excited to get out in it.

There is a free washer and dryer in the hallway between units A and B.  This is so convenient.

There is a free washer and dryer in the hallway between units A and B. This is so convenient.

We needed to stop at the office and pick up the keys to unit B and on the way we decided to check out the Activity Center.

We went to the Fun and fitness Center to see what all was there.

We went to the Fun and Fitness Center to see what all was there.

Dry saunas and steam rooms.  Men's and womens.

Dry saunas and steam rooms. Men’s and womens.

Nice indoor pool.  A little cool to the touch.  Behind the glass wall is the hot tub.

Nice indoor pool. A little cool to the touch. Behind the glass wall is the hot tub.

Hot tub.

Hot tub.

There are four different work out rooms with equipment or mats.

There are four different work out rooms with equipment or mats.

2 of 4.

2 of 4.

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3 of 4.

4 of 4

4 of 4

On the way to the office there is this exotic plant with wonderfully spaced clumps of berries .  Makes me think of Benoit and fractals.

A variant on Edie's penchant.  Really unusual bush for us.

A variant on Edie’s penchant. Really unusual bush for us.

After getting the keys we went driving.  Edie was mesmerized by this water tower marking the town of Kill Devil Hills.

What an interesting name.  We had to Google it.  Dates back to colonial era, shipwrecks were common.  In the day, rum was called, "kill devil"  and people would scavenge the barrels of rum off the stranded boats before they sank and hit the barrels in the sand dunes, thus the name, Kill Devil Hills.

What an interesting name. We had to Google it. Dates back to colonial era, shipwrecks were common. In the day, rum was called, “kill devil” and people would scavenge the barrels of rum off the stranded boats before they sank and hid the barrels in the sand dunes, thus the name, Kill Devil Hills.

As we drove south on 158, we came across one of our major attractions for the area.  I had imagined standing on a beach and trying to relive the excitement of man’s first flight.

One of the things we really looked forward to when planning to come here.

One of the things we really looked forward to when planning to come here.

Wilbur and Orville, whose mom called them Will and Orv.

Wilbur and Orville, whose mom called them Will and Orv.

It is a nice visitor center with pictographs and dioramas a plenty.

It is a nice visitor center with pictographs and dioramas a plenty.

Full size accurate duplicate.

Full size accurate duplicate.

Replica of where and how the brothers lived during the flights.

Replica of where and how the brothers lived during the flights.

Remnants of the monorail the flyer took off from and stones marking each of 4 landing spots from December 17, 1903.

Remnants of the monorail the flyer took off from and stones marking each of 4 landing spots from December 17, 1903.

This is a huge, beautiful, and appropriate monument to the Wright Brothers.

This is a huge, beautiful, and appropriate monument to the Wright Brothers.

"Ignited by dauntless resolution and unconquerable faith"  This is just a beautiful sculpture.

“Ignited by dauntless resolution and unconquerable faith” This is just a beautiful sculpture.

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The curves and lines are so wing like.

The curves and lines are so wing like.

It is beautiful.

It is beautiful.

Still a little fall color in the air.

Still a little fall color in the air.

Edie and Lex in the little beastie.

Edie and Lex in the little beastie.

Statues of the flyer and the witnesses, including the photographer.

Statues of the flyer and the witnesses, including the photographer.

Wilbur died in 1915 at the relative young age of 45.  We looked it up when we got back home and learned that he died of typhoid.  Edie and Lex were hungry so we went looking for food.

Looking for lunch, we though this was a pretty bold sign.

Looking for lunch, we though this was a pretty bold sign.

I have never eaten at a Five Guys.  I ate here and learned not to order anything regular.  Get the small, or little as they call it.

I have never eaten at a Five Guys. I ate here and learned not to order anything regular. Get the small, or little as they call it.

Edie and Lex opted for Sushi.

Edie and Lex opted for Sushi at the restaurant next door to Five Guys.

Lex's soup.

Lex’s soup.

Edie had a tempura shrimp, rice, salad, and roll combination.  She said it was very good.

Edie had a tempura shrimp, rice, salad, and roll combination. She said it was very good.

Lex went hard core sushi and reported that it was better than the place she went to for dinner last night.

Lex went hard core sushi and reported that it was better than the place she went to for dinner last night.

We were all stuffed and there was no danger of over buying so we went to the grocery store.

A little grocery shopping not to far from our home.

A little grocery shopping not far from our home.

A lovely lake at the entrance to the resort.  When you come to this place, you feel like you are driving to make a delivery in back of the Walmart, then the manicured lawns show up and a road winds away to the right as delivery trucks go to the left.

A lovely lake at the entrance to the resort. When you come to this place, you feel like you are driving to make a delivery in back of the Walmart, then the manicured lawns show up and a road winds away to the right as delivery trucks go to the left.

That was our day, hope yours was great.

 

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