The Outer Banks – Part 2

I am sad to report that I didn’t see the dolphins that I was promised, despite waking up early. It’s a small price to pay, but I will see them next time even if I have to get on a damn boat.

For breakfast, we went to Stack’em High right off the main highway. It was probably the best breakfast I’ve ever had. I ordered a short stack of pancakes with the “chocolate crunch” topping that consisted of chocolate chips and chopped pecans. The meal was simple but the toppings made it a sugar filled desert. We also got a bowl of strawberries for the table because we were starving. Mike opted for the french toast with a side of muffin.

After chowing down, we made plans with my uncle to visit the Wright Brothers’ National Memorial. The tour was fun and informative (and not boring as I had thought). A park ranger told us all about the days before and after the famous flight, where they stayed, and what obstacles they faced during those cold months.

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To get to the monument, I had to walk up (climb) this steep hill. Basically, Leg Day 2.

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Inside the info center, they had a life size replica of the plane as well as the history of the brothers and the flight.

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Not a life size replica.

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I really appreciated the ranger’s enthusiasm and her eagerness to answer all of our questions. For $4, the memorial was well worth the visit. Our group spent a little over an hour learning about the Wright brothers, which gave us enough time to digest before going jet skiing.

I learned that jet skiing is like driving for the first time. Left turns are awkward. Going really fast gives you an adrenaline rush. You avoid getting yelled at by staying within the blue buoeys.

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We managed to get up to 56 mph. The wind was so strong that I felt my face sink in from the speed.

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My cousin’s jet ski got up to 35 mph, making us the official winners.

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Another amazing sunset.

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Because it was Mike’s last full day with us, we all went to Dirty Dick’s for dinner. Most of the draw was from the name, obviously, and the fact that their billboards boasted about selling over 1 million t-shirts. The food was DELICIOUS. It was definitely a favorite among the group. Everything we ordered was amazing.

We left the restaurant stuffed and drove straight to Cape Hatteras Lighthouse for some night shots. I’m proud to announce that I finally got to see the milky way in person. I’m also embarrassed to admit that I was scared the entire time. Basically, any noise or rustle was a potential bear, shark, or murderer. Needless to say, I was a little relieved to get back to the car.

We ate an early breakfast the next morning so Mike could beat the NJ traffic home. Who puts potatoes in a breakfast burrito? So much starch! I mean, I still ate all of it, but why put potatoes in something, when you already get it as a side?

The rest of the day was full of leftovers and shopping. My aunt and I visited shops in the area and walked away with “healthy” rootbeer and fancy cheese. When we got back, I relaxed on the deck and caught up on some reading. It was nice to relax after a jampacked few days.

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