[NOTE: I uploaded this blog post on the evening of October 5 but backdated the published date to September 26, the date of the day’s activities detailed in this post.]
Today is our 19th wedding anniversary. I am sure that we will remember our 19th wedding anniversary as the year Hurricane Maria brushed the North Carolina coast, as it moved past the Outer Banks. We are having a wonderful time together and with friends.
We awakened shortly before 6:00 am. As he did yesterday, Bob made me a cup of tea and brought it up to our room.
The original plan for today was to take the ferry to Ocracoke Island. That plan was scrapped, when Ocracoke and Hatteras were evacuated yesterday. We thought the new plan for the day would be to stay put.
After breakfast (yogurt and a hard boiled egg for me), Jim and I walked out the boardwalk to the sand dune stairs. The ocean is angry. The wind is stronger than yesterday: the surf is breaking much closer to the base of the sand dunes. The conditions are supposed to worsen.
Late morning there is a break in the weather….no rain, partly cloudy and sunshine. The wind seemed to die down some too. Bob, Jim, Sandy and I decided to “hit while the iron was hot” and do some sightseeing. We drove to the northern reaches of the Outer Banks to Historic Corolla. Historic Corolla is home to Corolla Park the centerpiece of which is the Whalehead Club, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, as well as several other historic structures dating back to 1885.
Our first stop was at the Currituck Beach Lighthouse.
Admission to the lighthouse grounds and parking are free. There was a $10.00 admission fee to climb the 220 steps to the top of the lighthouse. The four of us opted not to climb to the top of the lighthouse. Bob and I made that climb in May 2007. I told Jim and Sandy that I would post a picture of the view from the top of the lighthouse, when I published a blog post of the day’s activities.
From the lighthouse we walked north along Corolla Village Road.
The Waters Edge Village School in Old Corolla Village
The Corolla Schoolhouse is an operational elementary school.
It is North Carolina’s smallest public school, with over 30 students and two classrooms.
School was in session at the time we visited Corolla Village.
Our last stop in Corolla Village was at the Corolla Chapel.
The inter-denominational chapel was built in 1885. Since then the chapel has been moved from its original location across the street to its present location. It was expanded to accommodate the increase in attendance.
As we approached the front door of the chapel, a man (the pastor?) asked if we would like to see inside. He had a key and invited us inside the chapel.
The stained glass window was designed and commissioned by Pastor John Strauss to honor his late wife, Ruth Strauss, who played a pivotal role in the development of the chapel in the late 1980s. Note the pelican depicted on the stained glass window?
The Pelican Legend
We saw fellow vacationers Eric and Alexis, while walking through Corolla Village. Not expecting to see anyone whom we knew, I didn’t think to take a picture of the two of them!
After strolling through Corolla Village, we followed a boardwalk trail through wetlands to Currituck Sound.
At the end of the boardwalk is a large observation platform looking out at the Currituck Sound.
Sandy, Bob and Jim on the Currituck Sound observation platform
See the young couple in the background?
The young couple have been married for 2 years.
Where did they get engaged?
Here, on Currituck Sound, with the Currituck Beach Lighthouse in the background.
Returning to the parking lot, we decided to drive the short distance to the Historic Corolla Park.
Ten years ago, on May 12th, Bob and I attended the wedding of our friend Denise’s daughter, Stephanie, and Jeff in this park. In 2007 the park was known as the Currituck Heritage Park. The vacation beach house that we are staying in this week was the same beach house at which we stayed 10 years ago.
We took a short walk around Historic Corolla Park, noting points of interest.
Stephanie walked over this footbridge on her wedding day.
The centerpiece of the park is the Whalehead Club.
In 2007 Stephanie and Jeff’s wedding reception was held in a tent in front of the Whalehead Club.
Stephanie and Jeff exchanged their wedding vows on park ground in front of this boathouse.
We were headed back to Flight of Fantasy (our beach house) by 1:00 pm.
We ate lunch at the beach house. I had a ham, roast beef, turkey and cheese sandwich. I had a slice of chocolate bundt cake too.
Jasper, Eric’s friend, arrived at 1:30 pm. He arrived, as Eric and Alexis were putting together a puzzle.
Jim, Sandy, Bob and I walked out the boardwalk to the sand dune stairs early this afternoon.
Hurricane Maria is bringing intense and consistent wind to the Outer Banks. The surf is touching the base of the sand dunes up and down the coast.
If not able to view the embedded video, please click here for the direct link.
The storm is expected to intensify this evening.
Work continues on the United States of America puzzle.
Tonight’s dinner was prepared by Jasper (who is a chef), Eric and Alexis. We began with an appetizer that included shrimp (Vuelve a La Vida) that was scooped up with crackers or tortilla chips. Our main course was steak, ribs, chicken, sweet potato salad (yummy), and mixed vegetables (zucchini and summer squash). For dessert I had a slice of lemon bundt cake.
After dinner some of us played Tenzi. Everyone gets ten dice. Someone says “Go.” Then everyone rolls and rolls as fast as they can until someone gets all their dice of the same number. That is only one rule; there are others. I joined in and played several rounds of this game. What a fun party game!
Bob and I went to bed shortly before 11:00 pm to the sound of people playing Tenzi, rain hitting the windows and the wind howling.
For Jim’s account of the day, please click here.