Saturday, January 5, 2008

Kitty Hawk

On the way to Florida, Marty and I stopped in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina at the Wright Brothers Memorial and the site of the first flight in 1903. It was an amazing place. The scene at left is where Wilbur and Orville actually flew the first plane after three unsuccessful attempts, making the long trek from Dayton, Ohio where they ran a bicycle shop. It was cold in Kitty Hawk when we were there--I took the walk up to the top of the hill where the memorial is and just about froze--and we were told that this is typical weather for this time of year. In fact, there was a 27 mile an hour wind on the December day that the brothers made aviation history.

We stayed just south of Kitty Hawk on the Cape Hatteras highway in a lovely old place that had been moved from the shoreline, where it was about to fall into the sea. The coast here is lined with vacation homes making ocean access difficult, but we found a hotel that had closed for the season and were able to park in their lot and take some shots of the Atlantic Ocean at sunset. This one below is from Marty's camera:

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