American Locations 10 – Wright Brothers Memorial & Jockey’s Ridge, Outer Banks

The trip is from New River, West Virginia, to Stinking Creek, Tennessee, by way of Long Key, Florida.

 Wright Brothers National Memorial & Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Outer Banks, North Carolina


The next morning we drove east off Colington Island back onto Bodie Island to the Wright Brothers National Memorial.


There is a visitor center with photographs of the event.


But the main attraction is outside. There is a full-size model of their original plane. The photos are from the front, then back.



With a full-size mock-up of their take-off site.


We then drove south on Hwy. 158 to Jockey’s Ridge State Park. The park has the highest sand dunes on the Atlantic coast. It was actually from the height of these sand dunes that the Wright Brothers took advantage of the strong winds blowing in from the ocean to help their aircraft lift off. So we parked and hiked up the dunes.


We trekked all over them. There is something childishly enjoyable about walking around in a sandy expanse. It’s sort of like a playing in a giant sandbox.





We saw a thirsty bird.


After we had worn ourselves out yet once again, we climbed back in the motor home and continued south on Hwy. 158.

Next Location – Oregon Inlet Campground, Outer Banks

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