Flying over the Outer Banks

Ryan Thibodeau flyingA few years ago I began my training to obtain a private pilot’s license.  Lucky for me, there was a great local instructor available on Currituck Mainland, so most of my training was around or close to the Outer Banks.  As a local who walked, cycled and drove around this area all of my life, I thought I had the geography figured out, but my flight experience would soon change these views.

My initial flight was more or less a scenic tour to get me comfortable in the small training aircraft.  I was a bit nervous at take-off, but once I got my first aerial view of the Outer Banks, my nervousness subsided and my excitement level grew.  From 2,000 feet above the ground, the Outer Banks looks like an oversized sandbar, and I realized the geography was much different than anticipated.

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Calling all Buccaneers to the Outer Banks

The Outer Banks is an area rich in historical significance, including the site of the first English settlement and Lost Colony on Roanoke Island and the Wright Brother’s first manned air flight in Kill Devil Hills.  But, there is another part of Outer Banks history that is a bit darker and wilder.  While staying at your Outer Banks rental, you will notice a prevalent pirate culture in our area.  It’s aCalling all Buccaneers to the Outer Banks! tradition celebrated by restaurants, shops, festivals and recreational events.  How did this pirate obsession evolve?  It all began with one of the most terrifying buccaneers of his time, the pirate Blackbeard.

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Outer Banks Lighthouses

Bodie Island LighthouseWith the Bodie Island Lighthouse restoration project nearing completion–the Lighthouse will be open for climbing April 19–the Outer Banks is poised to become the restored lighthouse capital of the world.

A tour of the Outer Banks Lighthouses is a wonderful way to learn about both the history and beauty of the area. There are four lighthouses from Corolla in the north to Ocracoke in the south. Situated about 35 miles apart, the pattern of each lighthouse has a distinct appearance for navigational reasons, so a ship’s captain could look at the red brick of Currituck Beach Lighthouse or the bold horizontal stripes of Bodie Island Lighthouse and know where he was during the daytime.

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Spring Activities on the Outer Banks

spring outer banksThere are so many reasons to feel joyous on the Outer Banks. Why this celebration?  Because spring has arrived, and this means warmer temperatures, sunshine, flip flops, and, of course, the beach. Our seasonal spring-break travelers have come and gone, but there are many home owners and guests who plan their visits prior to the busy summer season.  Although it may be too cool for certain water sports and activities, there are many outdoor activities to enjoy while staying in one of our luxury Outer Banks oceanfront rentals.

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