From mountains, to battlefields, to historical cities and towns, each hiking experience is a new and wonderful experience. Then you go to a place like Cape Hatteras National Seashore, soak in the natural beauty for a few days, and wonder if it gets any better than this! Of course, that's after weeks of snow and ice and mud...
There's no doubt a weekend break to the sunny shores of the Outer Banks was a perfect change of pace from recent excursions. Each time you go, this barrier island is as different as it is the same. Always shifting, always changing, always beautiful.
|While the beach is never far, much beauty and wildlife is also found just off the sandy shores.|
|Dunes stretch across most of the 70 miles of the Outer Banks. Above is a view from Ocracoke.|
|A beautiful point in Hatteras. Where the Ocean meets Pamlico Sound|
The trip was two-part: Therapy from the harsh Winter - and the first beach area hiking of the year! The Outer Banks stretches 70 miles or so, and I was able to hike various stretches of the entire length. Most hiking was accomplished in Kill Devil Hills, Hatteras, and Ocracoke. To take 10 days to hike the entire length of the island, exploring the nooks and cranny's in between, is a definite goal and very much achievable.
|Outer Banks - Corolla to Ocracoke|
|Bodie Island Light House|
|Kinnakeet (Avon) Pier|