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On This Day in 2007 – Montpelier Mansion

The date was May 27, 2007.  While visiting relatives in Virginia Bob and I made a day trip to Laurel MD, where I had lived from May 1991 through April 1997.  I still had friends in the neighborhood, where I used to live.  We made the day trip that day to visit my friends.  We had about an hour to spare before we were expected by my friends, so Bob and I visited nearby Montpelier Mansion.

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Montpelier Mansion is one of the finest examples of 18th century Georgian architecture in the state of Maryland.  The original owners of Montpelier Mansion were Major Thomas and Anne Snowden, who welcomed into their home many distinguished guests including George Washington and Abigail Adams.

We walked through a lovely garden.

Montpelier200705_005Garden and Brick Portico

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I took a couple close-up photographs of the flowers in the garden.

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Montpelier200705_012We saw an artist painting the garden at Montpelier Mansion.

So, there you have it — a look back on one of my memories from May 27, 2007.

On This Day in 2007 – Our Outer Banks Vacation (Day 7)

The date is May 17, 2007.   Five days previous we attended a wedding at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla.  Bob and I returned to Currituck Heritage Park and visited the Curritcuck Beach Lighthouse.  We paid the $7.00 each admission fee and climbed the 220 steps to the top of the lighthouse, where we enjoyed a panoramic view of Currituck Sound and Currituck Heritage Park.

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The Currituck Beach Lighthouse is 162 feet tall.

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We climbed the spiral staircase
to the top of the lighthouse.

Outerbanks200705_371We climbed 220 steps in all.

Outerbanks200705_367View of Currituck Heritage Park from top of the lighthouse

After our morning’s excursion to Corolla I spent the day packing, updating my journal, reading, watching TV, eating, chatting, and napping.

We left Corolla at 7:15 the next morning and arrived in Winchester, VA at approximately 3:30 pm, where we spent the night.  On May 19th we departed Winchester, VA at 7:50 am and arrived home at approximately 1:30 pm.

What a wonderful week’s vacation we had in the Outer Banks!  I treasure the fact that I am able to have the memory of such a perfect vacation.  Stephanie and Jeff’s wedding was so beautiful, and we enjoyed spending time relaxing with our friends and members of their family in such beautiful surroundings.

On This Day in 2007 – Our Outer Banks Vacation (Day 6)

Day 6?  Hey, what happened to Day 5 of our Outer Banks vacation?  You might think I forgot to include that day in my blog posts.  I didn’t forget.  I just didn’t think the day warranted its own blog post.  I spent Day 5 (May 15th) relaxing at or near our beach house in Corolla.  I went shopping, and I watched a movie.  The movie that I watched was “The Queen”.  When the movie started several people were watching the movie.  By the time the movie ended only myself and one of Denise’s aunts were left watching the movie.  I thought the movie would be about more than a week in the life of the Queen.  The movie concerned only the week of Diana’s death.  I can understand why most everyone left the movie while it was playing.  The movie was boring.

Now, back to the subject of this blog post.

The date was May 16, 2007. I awakened early that morning and was rewarded with a beautiful sunrise.

Outerbanks200705_278Outer Banks Sunrise

Later in the day Bob and I visited the Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kitty Hawk.

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Wright Brothers National Memorial
The Wright Brothers Monument on top of Big Kill Devil Hill

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This was the view from the the Wright Brothers Monument on top of Big Kill Devil Hill.

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First Flight Sculpture

 

We visited the Bodie Island Lighthouse on Bodie Island.

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Bodie Island Lighthouse

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Bob, with Bodie Island Lighthouse in background

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Bob took this picture of me at the Bodie Island Lighthouse.

On This Day in 2007 – Our Outer Banks Vacation (Day 4)

The date was May 14, 2007.  Bob, Al and I toured the Outer Banks by motorcycle.  We rode all the way to Ocracoke Island, a distance of approximately 113 miles from Corolla, NC.

What did we see during our tour of the Outer Banks?  We saw the Wright Brothers Monument at Kill Devil Hills, just south of Kitty Hawk.  We didn’t stop at the monument.  We saw the 60-foot gray granite monument as we rode by.  We saw the the Bodie Island Lighthouse.  We didn’t stop at the lighthouse.  We saw the lighthouse as we rode by.  We crossed over the Herbert C Bonner Bridge, which connects Bodie Island and Pea and Hatteras Islands.  The sand dunes along both sides of Route 12 on Pea Island were remarkable.  We stopped at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton.

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Al and Bob at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest in the nation and a famous symbol of North Carolina.

After visiting the lighthouse, we continued on our ride to Ocracoke Island.  The islands of Hatteras and Ocracoke are connected via ferry boat.

Outerbanks200705_193Waiting to board ferry boat from Hatteras to Ocracoke

Outerbanks200705_196Al on board the Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry Boat

Outerbanks200705_199Bob and I on board the Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry Boat

The Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry is free and runs often.  The ferry crossing took approximately 40 minutes.

While on Ocracoke Island we saw wild ponies (fenced in), the quaint village of Ocracoke and the Ocracoke Lighthouse.

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Ocracoke Island Lighthouse

Outerbanks200705_224Ocracoke Island Pony

Outerbanks200705_232Bob at Ocracoke Island Beach

We ate lunch at Howard’s Pub on Ocracoke Island.  Al and I ate Pamlico Sound Crab Cake sandwiches; Bob ate a Cuban Pork sandwich.  We enjoyed our lunches.

Our motorcycle tour of the Outer Banks was an all-day event.  We departed the beach house in Corolla, NC at 9:00 am and didn’t return back until 7:30 pm.  While we were touring the Outer Banks, newlyweds Stephanie and Jeff left for Virginia Beach.  We tried to get back to the house before they left; however, we missed their departure by a few minutes.

 

On This Day in 2007 – Our Outer Banks Vacation (Day 3)

The date was May 13, 2007.  I spent the day at our beach house in Corolla, NC.  Several people who had spent the past two nights left, making the beach house much quieter.  Still, a lot of people remain .. 15-18 people I think.

Outerbanks200705_147Mid-morning we ate brunch at our beach house.

The newlyweds, Stephanie and Jeff, opened their wedding gifts after brunch.

Outerbanks200705_153Jeff and Stephanie, opening their wedding gifts

Later in the afternoon I went outside and took a few oceanside pictures.

Outerbanks200705_171Pelicans!

Outerbanks200705_172Rough Seas

In the evening I faced toward the street and watched the sun set on the sound side of our beach house.

Outerbanks200705_178The sun sets on Day 3 of our Outer Banks vacation.

On This Day in 2007 – Our Outer Banks Vacation (Day 2)

The date was May 12, 2007.  Bob and I attended our friends’ daughter’s wedding on that day.  Stephanie and Jeff’s wedding took place at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla, North Carolina.  The park was a lovely location for a wedding.  This wedding was the most perfect, most beautiful wedding that I had ever seen.  The processional was across a wooden foot bridge.  Wedding vows were exchanged outside, in front of water, a boat house and a lighthouse.  Stephanie and Jeff mixed together sand in a unity candle type ceremony.  A reception followed the wedding.  The reception was held in a tent on the park grounds, in front of the Whalehead Club.  It was a fun day, and it sure is fun looking back too!

The following Smilebox slideshow contains a few photographs that I took on the occasion of Stephanie and Jeff’s wedding.

Happy 9th Wedding Anniversary, Stephanie and Jeff!

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On This Day in 2007 – Our Outer Banks Vacation (Day 1)

The date was May 11, 2007.  Our friends, Al and Denise, had invited us to share a beach house with them and other family members during the week of their daughter’s wedding (May 11-18, 2007).  The oceanfront beach house was located on Pine Island in Corolla, NC.  We had left our home in Warren PA at 11:30 am on May 10th and traveled as far as Winchester VA, arriving there around 5:30 pm.  We traveled by motorcycle and car, as the trip was much too long for me to ride with Bob.  On May 11th, around 9:00 am, we left Winchester, VA and arrived at the beach house in Corolla, NC by 4:00 pm.

Outerbanks200705_007“Flight of Fantasy”
our beach house
Street View

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Approximately 2 hours after our arrival at the beach house members of the wedding party left to rehearse for the next day’s wedding. The wedding party returned home around 8:00 pm at which time we enjoyed dinner, buffet style.

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Outerbanks200705_026There were 50-60 people in the house during the buffet dinner.

 I think 30 people spent the night at the beach house that evening.

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