After walking around the displays inside the Wright Brothers National Memorial we went outside. We went to the two buildings that have been replicated where the brothers had made the hanger and their living quarters.
The display notes that this is what their 1903 camp looked like at Kills Devil Hills.
We looked in the hanger first, (building on the left) which was empty. It would have been nice to see the actual replica of the plane in there.
The second (building on the right) was their living quarters. Very small place. The first thing you notice is that ladder up to the beds. They didn’t waste any space. Just imagine what the square footage would cost if it was on Hawaii…lol
The dining room and shaving area.
The kitchen was perfect size…for one.
Looking out from the hanger you can see how far away the dune is where they flew the glider.
Little past the building you see the tablet that was put up by the National Aeronautic Association on Dec. 17,1928, in remembrance of the 25th anniversary of “The First Successful Flight of an Airplane”. Below is a picture of the historical (black & white, 1929) photo of when they put up the tablet. It’s interesting to see how high the original one seems to have been higher then it is now.
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014: (Click links for more info) We left Virginia Beach for a two hour drive down to Kitty Hawk (part of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, also known as OBX). The Outer Banks is 200-mile long string of narrow barrier islands off the coast.
Driving into the city of Kitty Hawk, we found out that the place that the Wright Brothers actually did their flight tests was actually a sand dune (now a town) called Kill Devils Hill (Named after the rum named “Kill Devil” by the English, that was scavenged from shipwrecks and hidden in the dunes). We reached the Wright Brothers National Memorial and lucky for us it just happened to be National Park day, so we got in for free. We started at the Visitor Center to see all the items that they had on display about the Wright brothers. It was amazing to see what two newspaper man and later a bicycle repair store.
The first item that they had there was pretty amazing to see. A plaque with a piece of fabric and wood from the are from the Wright Brother’s plane. They were flown on the Apollo 11 mission and on the lunar module Eagle that landed on the moon.
Of course, there was a nice plague honoring the brothers as well.
Another day with Nicole, Derald and the kids. Unfortunately it rained again…Nicole was missing Washington state so we thought we would bring the rain for her. I think she doesn’t want to come back anymore after that reminder.
We got cooped up in the house with the rain, so we decided to go out for lunch. We headed out and drove to Smithfield, North Carolina to the Carolina Premium Outlets. Because, what would a vacation be without going shopping.
We went through a few interesting places while driving to the outlet stores. One of the places we drove through was the Campbell University which was founded in 1887 is a Baptist university with the name “Buies Creek Academy“. Per Wikipedia “It was founded by North Carolina minister James Archibald Campbell, under the conviction that no student should be denied admission because of lack of funds“. Very honorable thing to do….go Fighting Camels!!!
Just before we got to the I-95 freeway, we passed through the town of Benson, which was having some sort of rally. We found out later it was the Benson Mule Day. Apparently the festival draws 40-50,000 people every year. I’m sure Nicole will take the kids one day, since the festival “packed with rodeos, a mule pulling contest, arts and crafts, vendors, street dances, carnival rides, camping, parades, bluegrass shows and more. ..was inducted into the Library of Congress in Washington, DC in May of 2000.”
Took us about an hour an half or so to get there, with all the traffic in Benson, so we worked up a good appetite. We stopped at the Cracker Barrel to eat.
Since we had to eat first so that we could walk off the lunch….and with two women with us…who knows how long this shopping trip would be…lol.
After lunch we walked around and went to some of the shops. Carla found one store, but lost her in there. Can you find her?
It was a nice place with lots of stores and very spread out. Time to head back to the house.
After a great time with family friends, we headed out for the beach. We stopped for breakfast at the Waffle House outside of Benson, before getting onto the freeway. Of course I had to have the Pecan Waffle.
On the way to beach, we stopped at a place that looked interesting. It was the King-Bazemore House(Built 1763 ) near Windsor, North Carolina.
According to historic records there were 100 acres granted to William King, in 1758 by Lord Granville. William and his wife Elizabeth had a home built there in 1763. It stayed in the King family, until a descendent sold it in 1840 to a prosperous local farmer, Mr. Stephen Bazemore., hence the hyphenated name of the historical place. And per Wikipedia it is “one of the few remaining examples in North Carolina of mid-eighteenth century “hall and parlor” design.”
The other place is the historic “Hope Plantation” (1803 [Wikipedia]) which was built by Mr. David Stone who was once the Governor of North Carolina. The plantation was named after David’s mother Elizabeth (who was of Hope Parrish in Derbyshire, England).
We finally reached our hotel in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The hotel The Grand Ocean Hotel was ok (2 or 5 stars), but the view was incredible.
We were surprised to find out that there was an event going on there that weekend, so there was lots of things to see.
We had a great time walking around and looking at all the vendors at the 41st Annual Neptune Festival. It was getting late and we had only made it half way. So it was time to turn around and head back to the hotel.
Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 (Click on the green links for more info):
Woke up to a rainy day (one of three nights) we spent with Nicole, Derald and the kids.
Played with the kids and drank lots of coffee, trying to keep up. Of course there was lots of tea and food that the kids made for us from Bella’s stove and oven….yummy.
Around noon, we headed to a small town named “Southern Pines“, with a population of about 13,000 people. It’s a small quaint town which reminded me of Andy Griffith’s fictional hometown of Mayberry (North Carolina).
Interesting item listed in the Wikipedia about Pinehurst is that it is also the home of three championship croquet courts and a lawn bowling court. Another noteworthy item that ties North Carolina (East coast) and the State of Washington (West coast) was that John Frank Stevens – railroad builder, discoverer of Stevens Pass, and lead engineer for the Panama Canal.
We went into one of the shops there and the owner told me that when they have the PGA U.S. Open golf tournament near here (in the Village of Pinehurst), there are usually around 200,000 (based on Fayobserver.com posted on 6/27/2014 there were 340,000) in the area.
There were quite a few items in the store that looked like they would go really well in a Man Cave.
After some walking around Southern Pines in a light rain and stopped into The Ice Cream Parlor for a nice treat.
The rain picked up so we started to head back to the house, after stopping for a mocha…of course.
We stopped off at Wal-Mart for some items and couldn’t get rid of some stowaways in the cart.
We met up with friends for dinner in Raleigh at a Mexican restaurant named “Gonza Tacos Y Tequila”, with a 5 star rating from Yelp. The interior is pretty amazing. From the start you know you’re going to be in for a surprise décor as you walk over
the outline of a corpse that may have laid there at one time.
Sunday (9/21/14) was fun and didn’t realize how big this place was. You’d have to really look at the map to see how large the grounds are.
You can go around the pond and have a really nice view of the pond and the garden from the Frances P. Rollins Overlook.
You can go around the sidewalk and follow Flowers Drive. On the other side of the drive is the Duke University Medical Center – Duke Clinic. Walk along the sidewalk and you will get to the lake where the Waterfowl Observation Area.
The lake has many ducks, swans and turtles but wasn’t packed. Some of them even shared logs.
We went around the left side of the lake toward the Japanese garden (Durham-Toyama Sister Cities Japanese Pavilion and Garden). But it was closed for restoration. I look forward to seeing it when it is done. It looked really nice, from what we could see through the gates.
We had to go around the garden along the river. Where we saw a very nice red bridge, and very photographic. It looks like it was white at one time and was painted red. From some of the searches I did about the bridge, it appears to be have been used in many wedding pictures too, and is part of the William Louis Culberson Asiatic Arboretum.
Looking back to the bridge I had to get one more picture.
After the bridge we walked up the hill back towards where we started our walk by the fountains, and headed to the Doris Duke Center.
We wound our way up along the trail and passed the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden, which we didn’t go to. Going across another bridge we came upon the Page-Rollins White Garden and Gothic Pavilion.
The Gothic Pavilion beams look like a cathedral to me, what do you think?
Down the path is the Angle Amphitheater and Virtue Peace Pond, where there seems to be a great place for a weddings.
The Virtue Peace Pond is a great place to relax and contemplate, and probably a great place to do some yoga there too. No fishing allowed.
We went into the Doris Duke Center and signed in and use the facilities before leaving. Driving out of the garden area, we drove to the right and went over to Duke University Chapel.
The Christian chapel is located in the middle of the Duke University campus in Durham, North Carolina; completed at a cost of $2.5 million dollars back in the 1935. According to Wikipedia the chapel was “Constructed from 1930 to 1932, the Chapel seats about 1,800 people and stands 210 feet (64 m) tall, making it one of the tallest buildings in Durham County.”
So much to see and do at Duke. Thanks for the memories.
Sunday (9/21/14) was a fun day, got to take lots of pictures too.
It was a nice warm day for a stroll in the gardens in Durham, North Carolina. We went to the Sarah Duke and Doris Duke Center (Visitors Center and Gardens).
A short walk down the road from the Visitor Center is the Sarah P. Duke Gardens which is #4 on the list of “50 Most Stunning University Gardens and Arboretums” and the admission is free and open 365 days a year.
Walking down the trail and stairs you start in the Mary Duke Biddle Rose Garden, and at the bottom of stairs you see the beautifully restored Roney Fountain.
You walk to the left and follow the trail to the Sarah Duke Gardens where you see the medallion for her. I will post more pictures of the Gardens later.
If you come back out and continue going down the trail it will end you to a really great place for a picnic. I wonder how many students and families come down there from Duke University, which is just on the other side of the gardens.
Plenty of places to sit around and enjoy the sun.
Walk around the path and go to the Historic Terraces & Fish Pool (part of the Sarah Duke Gardens).
Nice place for portraits and pictures. This random family posed for me (lol).
There’s a nice sized pond with koi and lots of water lilies (giant ones and with flowers). Nice place to relax and meditate.
It was really nice to see Neetu, her husband Neeraj and her two kids (Manav and Ria). We were able to spend some time together for a few days on the weekend while the kids didn’t have to go to school. With all our luggage.
We arrived to warm sun with Neeraj picking us up from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. It was good to see him, since I don’t think I’ve seen him for many years.
And I just realized that I didn’t even get a picture of him while I was there. 😦
We sat around with everybody got reacquainted.
Then Carla and I had to take a little nap from the jet lag, because we were very tired.
That evening (Saturday, Sept 20) we went to the Raleigh Convention Center and were able to take in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the 29th Annual International Festival of Raleigh.
This was a good ending to the day, thanks to Neeraj, Neetu, Manav and Ria.
We went on vacation last month (Sept 19 – Oct 7, 2014), which seems so long ago now.
We flew out on the red eye on Friday (09 Sept 14), thanks to my cousin Renu for keeping my car and taking us to the airport. We landed at the Charlotte Airport which had a lot of rocking chairs…it’s really big airport.