When last we left our intrepid explorers, they had just arrived at their hotel in the Outer Banks, where they would stay for the next two evenings.

There is nothing so soothing as the sound of the ocean at the end of a long day of driving.

Outer banks evening beach at hotel

It sounds pretty good in the morning before a long day of driving, too.

Our first stop was at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk. Wilbur and Orville Wright flew their flyer from the small hill on this site four times on December 17, 1903. There is now a popular visitor center and monument at the site.

Outer Banks Wright memorial

Next we drove south on Route 12, about 60 miles all the way to Hatteras and the ferry dock. We didn’t actually take the ferry but turned around just before the end.

On the drive, we saw lots and lots of bridge construction. It was really fascinating to see our tax dollars working so hard.

Outer Banks bridge construction

We thought we would have a scenic drive the whole way south, but in actuality the highway was lower than both the dunes and grasses on both sides of the highway. The view was mostly blocked. However, there were frequent spots to pull over and park, then climb the dunes to get to the ocean. There were a few vehicles right on the beach.

Outer Banks beach truck

Outer Banks fishing

Outer Banks seagull

We stopped at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and three of us relaxed while John climbed the 257 steps all the way to the top. It’s equal to a 12-story building.

Outer Banks light house diagonal

After our pleasant day, we realized we had gone right by the Brodie Island Lighthouse and never noticed it since it was tucked back behind trees. So we drove in for a quick photo op.

Outer Banks light house striped

We headed back to our hotel, satisfied and tired from another long drive, plus grateful for safe travels and perfect weather throughout our trip.