Our first visit in North Carolina was to the Outer Banks. This is where the Wright Brothers flew the first flight after years of struggle (in Kitty Hawk). The Wright Brothers had five flights. The first one was Wilbur and he yanked up too hard and he stalled and crashed. They came back two days later and Orville got to fly the and learning from Wilbur’s mistake pulled up more gently and got credit for the first flight which last 12 seconds.
We also went to Roanoke, the site of the “lost colony”. This was actually the first English group sent to the New World but they never got established. In fact, their leader returned to England for supplies and three year’s later returned to find the entire colony had vanished without a trace. There has been speculation about what happened to them including a hurricane, Indian attack, or they joined the Indians. We went to a small reenactment village here called Roanoke Village and got more information about how the original colony and the Indians lived here.
We had one final stop! The Grave Digger monster truck was conceived and made here in North Carolina so we stopped to view it and other monster trucks. There was a restaurant and store too that we visited. We left the Outer Banks area and headed west.
We left the Outer Banks area and headed west. Our first stop was the capitol, Raleigh. We also stopped at a small science museum after our capitol stop. On the way out, we saw a downed power line that made a fire of dried leaves. The power line was still live and someone called the fire department. We headed west and stopped at a transportation museum; it had a ton of information about train. We got to ride the largest roundhouse left standing in the United States.
We headed still further west and went to Asheville. We stayed here for Thanksgiving and stayed at a KOA campground for four days. We met a ton of kids and went fishing, biking, boating, and arcade-playing. We went to two museums in Asheville: a nature center with live animals and a geology museum.
We also headed into the Great Smokey’s National Park. At a crafts guild, we watched a lady make earrings and she took a bunch polymer clay of different colors and pressed them through a pasta machine and stacked them up. She used a special blade to cut the clay into shapes and make designs in them and eventually made jewelry with the clay. We had to leave the Great Smokey’s due to rain and headed east and went to one last science museum in Charlotte.
Next, we headed to South Carolina.