Now I am only a month behind in my blog!!
During the second week in April, I decided to stay in Wanchese, NC at The Refuge on Roanoke. It was a nice, quiet campground. I had thought about staying at one of the National Park campgrounds on the beach in the Outer Banks, but thought with spring break still going on they might be a bit crowded and loud. I later found out I was wrong, but I liked where I stayed. Most of the sites (except those who lease annually) are on a small lake. I was just a few feet from the lake, see view from RV below.
This was a view from my site one evening-
On the first day, I took a drive down the Outer Banks and was surprised how clean the roads were, even though the sand dunes were right next to the road. When I was here 8 or 9 years ago there was sand all over the roads.
I guess these guys have a full time job just keeping the sand off the roads. My first day on the beach is below. Sitting on the beach watching the waves - it’s a rough life!!
The next day, I went hiking at the Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve. I enjoyed it so much I went back a few days later. I’ve been doing mostly beach walks or walks on sandy trails along swamps so a hike in the woods was what I needed. Actually this area is part of the old dune system that has been forested. Below is a Luna Moth on the directional sign to my first hike (Sweet Gum Swamp)--
Finding this on the trail was a bit of a surprise -
One of the things that the Outer Banks is known for are the lighthouses.
Bodie Island Lighthouse and Currituck Beach Lighthouse
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
I also visited Jockey’s Ridge State Park hoping to see some people hang gliding. I saw a few from the road, but wouldn’t you know the day I decide to walk the sand dunes, I only saw one and by the time I was close enough the people were leaving. They left the hang glider, but did not come back while I was there.
Kids have so much fun at the dunes. But I still think it is easier to walk down the dunes rather than tumble down the way this kid was.
I also drove through Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. I saw no alligators, but a lot more turtles.
I am still headed north up the coast. My next stop was Virginia Beach, VA.