Nomadic Life – Week 20 – The Outer Banks

Nomadic Life – Week 20 – The Outer Banks

The OBX allows properly permitted vehicles to drive out onto the long stretch of beaches.

Nomadic Life – Week 20  started out with a long weekend in North Carolina’s barrier islands known as the Outer Banks. I drove this picturesque stretch of road over fifteen years ago and it was high on my list of places to return to in our nomadic life. For those unfamiliar with the Outer Banks, this is a place full of history, mystery and sunny beaches. The first English settlement in the new world which vanished with only the word “Croatan” left behind was attempted on Roanoke Island. The first successful powered and manned flight took place in Kitty Hawk. Most of these islands are linked by a solitary road and ferry boats. It makes for a serene and beautiful way to spend a weekend during any time of the year.

The Wright Brothers Memorial stands atop of Kill Devil Hill. This was the sand dune that the right brothers did most of there glider tests from.

Many Things to See and Do in the OBX

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the second largest brick lighthouse in the world.

The islands have many campgrounds scattered all over the chain and we loved how close each is to the rolling Atlantic waves. We had a blast taking in the history, the lighthouses, and exploring the landscape of the Outer Banks (OBX). The sand dunes found here are the largest on the East Coast. There are also freshwater ponds covered in waterfowl and of course long white sandy beaches. We got very lucky with amazing weather throughout the weekend. The days and nights were clear although a bit cold but we had some amazing starry nights.

The sand dunes found in Jockey’s Ridge State Park are the tallest on the east coast of the United States.

Back to the Mainland

YOLOM takes a ride on the ferry boat in the Outer Banks.

Late on Monday, we caught the ferry boat back to the mainland from Ocracoke just before the rain started to fall. We had a perfect sunny three days and then the rain arrived. Great timing.

The Work Week

Most of the work week was spent traveling slowly across the states of North Carolina and South Carolina. We drove early each day for a few hours and then set up for the workday wherever we found ourselves. On Thursday we rolled into Greenville, South Carolina where we spent some time visiting my great aunt before pushing on into Atlanta on Friday.


Jennifer grew up in Atlanta and this is where we met many moons ago. We lived in the suburbs for many years and we still have lots of friends as well as family living in the area. We are looking forward to a few weeks of stationary living and visiting with old friends and family before setting back out on the nomadic road.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you all have a great time of rest with loved ones.


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