Field Trip | Journey to The Outer Banks
The Outer Banks has always been a great escape for me. I am thrilled to be back this summer. Maybe it is just the edge of the East Coast but it feels like the edge of my world. Adventure awaits!
In July of 1587, 117 weary travelers waded ashore on Roanoke Island. Governor John White sailed back to England for supplies and returned three years later to find that the ENTIRE colony's population had vanished. To this day, historians still aren't certain of what happened to Roanoke's people. Visitors now enjoy historical reenactments at the Roanoke Island Festival Park.
Blackbeard is among history's most infamous pirates, and the coast of North Carolina has the rare distinction of being one of his favorite hideouts and plundering grounds. Visit Outer Banks village of Ocracoke to explore pirate hideouts, skulk around the town Blackbeard called home, see where his sunken ship is submerged, and where he met his violent end.
The Outer Banks of North Carolina, dubbed "Graveyard of the Atlantic" boasts numerous shoals and frequent rough seas. Most ships wrecked along the 70 miles of coast have been broken into fragments and scattered by storms that followed the wreck. However, a few large pieces of ships remain.
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
This lighthouse protects the most hazardous sections of this Coast. Offshore of Cape Hatteras, the Gulf Stream collides with the Virginia Drift. This current forces southbound ships into a dangerous twelve-mile long sandbar called Diamond Shoals. Thousands of shipwrecks in this area have given it the reputation as the Graveyard of the Atlantic.
And the disappointment of the trip... Shelly Island, a crescent-shaped sandbar strip of land that formed last year off the point of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, is no more, according to the National Park Service. Shelly Island earned its name for the wonderful assortment of shells that washed up daily. We still have hope it may reappear, as will we.
Descended from the Spanish Mustangs brought to the Outer Banks by early explorers, the Corolla Wild Horses have roamed across the Currituck Outer Banks for approximately 400 years. These beautiful creatures roam freely in Corolla and are most commonly found in the four-wheel-drive areas of the beach.
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