Historical Adventures in Manteo and Kill Devil Hills – Excursions on the Outer Banks: Day Two and Three

Waking up after the hectic first day of vacation was luxurious; my mom and I were well rested after a comfortable stay at the inn and Roanoke Island was calling our names. Our second day was meant to be A LOT more relaxing than the day before. We wanted to explore some of the most popular attractions in Manteo and on Roanoke Island.

(Click on the following day to read more of my “Excursions on the Outer Banks” series. Blog post: Day One)

If you look on TripAdvisor at Manteo, the first six items on the top 10 list of things to do sum up what we explored during our second day of vacation. The following destinations and attractions all have the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence:

  • The Lost Colony
  • North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
  • Elizabethan Gardens
  • Roanoke Island Festival Park
  •  Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
  • Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

This lighthouse is small, but gives you a taste of what lighthouses are like on the Outer Banks. It honestly makes you want to get out and explore all of the North Carolina lighthouses. We enjoyed the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse because it was in walking and viewing distance from the inn; plus, it’s free to visit!

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View from afar of the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

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Colorado in the Rearview Mirror: Cruising to Colorado – Day Seven, Eight and Nine

Waking up in a dry, warm room the morning after a long day of trail riding was one of the most blissful moments of the trip. Combine that with homemade bread being delivered to our room made for a great start to the seventh day of our escape from reality.

(Click on the following days to read more of my “Cruising to Colorado” series. Blog post: Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four and Five, Day Six)

We snacked on the bread until we caved and warmed up leftover pizza and quesadillas…breakfast of champions, am I right? We couldn’t waste all of that delicious food we had left and with a microwave in the room the decision had been made quite easily. We got our smorgasbord of food and went outside to the balcony, enjoying our “brunch” and watching traffic go by.

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The balcony is a perfect place to drink coffee!

After spending some more time enjoying the luxury of an actual room, we packed our belongings and hopped back into the truck ready for another day of exploring the wilderness. On the itinerary was the Corkscrew Gulch trail, located back toward the direction of Silverton on the Million Dollar Highway. It gets its name “corkscrew” from the switchbacks you have to take to get to the top of one of the mountains.

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Goodbye, Main Street Inn!

We made sure this trail would be a fairly easy ride after conquering Engineer Pass and Mineral Creek yesterday. We wanted a relaxing trail filled with beautiful sights and Corkscrew Gulch seemed like it would fit the bill. It was a perfect day for driving after the misty rain that took place the day before. The sun was shining radiantly and cotton ball clouds were floating in the clear blue sky.

Getting back onto the Million Dollar Highway was something I dreaded but also anticipated. We would be seeing some beautiful parts of the country while driving on an incredibly narrow road and with the wrong turn–off the cliff you would go. So, my feelings were without doubt mixed on the way to the trail.

Corkscrew Gulch

Once we arrived to the trail head, Cody did some tweaking under the hood to make sure the truck was good to go. We didn’t want to be on the middle of some switchbacks and the truck give up on us!

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Starting out on this trail, I already knew we were going to have a good time. We went through woods, streams, rocky areas and up a mountain–this trail had the best of everything for people who may want to give off-roading a shot. Vibrant, red mountains were visible while driving on the trail, something we hadn’t seen in Colorado yet. Continue reading

It’s Been A While…

Two years! Two, long years since my last post.

In 2014, I originally started this blog for a school assignment. My professor gave me free reign to choose the topic and stories to write about. I absolutely loved having the freedom to write about whatever I wanted!

Life got busy (as it usually does), after that particular class ended I fell away from posting. Since then I’ve traveled and experienced a roller coaster of adventures on my trips.

The picture below is a teaser of what’s to come now that I’ve returned to the “blogosphere.”

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My boyfriend and travel companion, Cody, and I in Colorado.

I look forward to sharing tips for traveling, delicious camping recipes, information on national and state parks and all of the quirky pit stops that can’t be missed. Lace up your hiking boots, because it’s going to be one fun journey!