April 22, 2023

Drove to Wanchese, a nearby fishing village to see if we could find a wooden bowl at a local shop. They did not have the bowl we wanted but did get a couple of good photos. The shop did have some fishing floats for sale for 150 dollars. We still have two floats that we bought in Japan years ago. Guess we should have bought more than 2.

We then headed to Jockey Ridge State Park to check out the sand dunes. We only walked a bit on the trail because it was just too windy the park has the tallest active sand dune system in the eastern United States

Then we headed to the Wright Brothers National Memorial

Forecasters predicted rain around 8 pm tonight so figured there would not be much of a sunset so we went around 5:30

October 14, 2022

The sun came out and it was a beautiful day Stopped at Saratoga Spa state park. We were happy to see that the rain and wind did not knock down all the leaves The park is 2.379 acres and it contains lots of trails, the performing arts center, picnic ares and lots of other amenities. There is a beautiful fall display at the entrance to the park. I was lucky enough to talk to one of the state employees who told me that her and her boss start working on the display in mid September. This is just part of the beautiful display

According to Wikipedia There was a belief that the waters of Saratoga held healing properties that led to construction of spas snd health centers that would cater to local tourism and health industries. At the height of this bottling frenzy in the early 1900s there were more than 200 private wells tapping into Saratoga mineral springs

Some of the beautiful scenery in the park