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Our Outer Banks Vacation – Sightseeing in Historic Corolla

[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.

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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.

Outerbanks200705_367The view from Currituck Beach Lighthouse of Currituck Sound
and the Whalehead Club in Historic Corolla Park is grand. (May 2007)

From the lighthouse we walked north along Corolla Village Road.

_LG24808The Waters Edge Village School in Old Corolla Village

_LG24797The 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.

_LG24807Corolla 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.

_LG24805Corolla Chapel (Interior View)

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.

_LG24811Boardwalk to Currituck Sound

_LG24812Boardwalk to Currituck Sound

At the end of the boardwalk is a large observation platform looking out at the Currituck Sound.

_LG24819Sandy, 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.

_LG24814The young couple asked me to take their picture in this direction.
I happily did, as requested, with their cellular phone.

_LG24816The Currituck Beach Lighthouse served as a backdrop for the picture.

 

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.

_LG24827Sandy and Jim are on the park’s historic footbridge.
The Currituck Beach Lighthouse is visible throughout the park.

Stephanie walked over this footbridge on her wedding day.

The centerpiece of the park is the Whalehead Club.

_LG24828Whalehead Club

In 2007 Stephanie and Jeff’s wedding reception was held in a tent in front of the Whalehead Club.

_LG24829Boathouse with Currituck Beach Lighthouse in the background

Stephanie and Jeff exchanged their wedding vows on park ground in front of this boathouse.

_LG24830The Historic Corolla Park contains several Live Oak trees.
Sandy posed in front of one of the Live Oaks to show the size of the tree.

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.

20170926_175352449_iOSJasper (in the middle) worked with Eric and Alexis on the puzzle.

Jim, Sandy, Bob and I walked out the boardwalk to the sand dune stairs early this afternoon.

_LG24837Jim and Sandy on the sand dune stairs

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.

 

 

_LG24840See the sea foam on the beach?
The surf has reached at least that far.

_LG24844There is not much beach left!

The storm is expected to intensify this evening.

Work continues on the United States of America puzzle.

20170926_231751813_iOSDenise, Nic, Sandy and Brenda work on the puzzle.

20170926_234738602_iOS Six hours after the puzzle was started
Denise, Brenda, Nic, Sam, Nancy, Sandy and Jim work on the puzzle that is nearing completion.

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.

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Vuelve a La Vida

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Eric and Jasper BBQ

20170927_001310201_iOSTonight’s dinner

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.

8 Responses to “Our Outer Banks Vacation – Sightseeing in Historic Corolla”

  1. Betsy

    Hi, I’ve been following your trip… Even with the weather problem, you all seemed to have a wonderful time… I know you were happy to have your friends with you…. SO SPECIAL… That game sounds like fun…. Question? Do you have to pick up ALL of the dice each time –or only the ones you want to????? I would assume that if you have 3 -2’s –you would only pick up 7 and try to get more 2’s…. FUN…..

    We had a marvelous trip–but we are still tired…. AND—we leave again soon for Pisgah on the Blue Ridge Parkway for a few days…. Mercy ME.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    • Linda G.

      Hi Betsy. I provided a link to the game of Tenzi, which will give you all the nuances to the game. In response to your question, though, you do not have to pick up ALL the dice each time…only the ones you want to. I bet the Autumn colors will be fantastic on the Blue Ridge Parkway!

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  2. seniorhiker

    Happy (Belated) Anniversary! It sounds as if you made the most of the break in the weather, and I’m glad Maria didn’t spoil the vacation.

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  3. Lorraina

    Sounds like a lot of people had a lot of fun. I’m so glad the weather didn’t put a damper on your activities but I think y’all will figure out how to have a good time in any kind of weather. Never heard of Tenzi before and it sounds like it’ll be a fun thing to play on our next family get-together. We used to play a lot of Yahtzee which involved just 5 dice so 10 is going to be twice as nice. Glad you’re all safe at home and no doubt looking forward to where to go next. Happy trails to you…..

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  4. Eileen

    Happy Anniversary! Wonderful photos of the lighthouse and park. I am glad the storm did not ruin your vacation. The ocean does look rough! Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

    Reply
  5. Chris Caughey

    Linda, I love the pictures of Maria coming in, and the meal looked delicious! I am jealous! If you have to be cooped up that food and game kept you quite happy I’ll bet!

    Reply

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