Back out on the Outer Banks

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

We awoke to another beautiful blue-skied day in North Carolina.  The first picture was taken before sunset, at about five-fifteen in the AM.  We left much later, in fact a day later.  Yesterday we stayed here and did laundry and relaxed.  Today we drove to Roanoke Island, the site of the first settlement in the New World.  It's about a sixty mile drive, not handy, but worth the time and effort.  The settlement was set up in 1585 by Sir Walter Raleigh.  He, coincidentally, never set foot on land here, but was knighted due to his involvement with exploration and colonization.  The settlement folks, about a hundred in number, was left here with the promise of return ships with supplies in six months.  Due to the war with Spain, no ships returned for about three years.  The colonists had moved on, but had left a message carved in a tree that they were safe and had moved on.  Algonquin Indians inhabited the area and were an agrarian people.  The colonists learned much from them.  The colonists were, by and large, city folks, merchants and the like, with nary a craftsman among the lot.  The had to learn much just to survive.  One photo shows the Olde English, with the f-like character representing the "s", in our current language.

A highlight of the day, for me, was the visit to the Replica settlement.  The blacksmith, a Scotsman, named Henry Campbell, made a nail for Lynnie and showed us his skills with forging and use of the Spring Pole Lathe.  The bent limb was a sort of spring that returned the treadle after each movement.  Later, an authentic Irishman, named Jack, and from Dublin, had a grand visit with Lynnie.  He's a retired Ph.D., who wanted to stay involved in life and now works here.  Both men were quite gregarious and taught us much about the early life in such an environment.

We also, accidentally, I might add, found the Roanoke Marsh Lighthouse.  It's a two story affair and was rebuilt in nineteen ninety nine.  

We stopped by the Elizabethan Gardens, but decided not to spend any time there.  It was constructed as a tribute to Elizabeth in the nineteen fifties.  It's an authentic depiction of a very precisely laid out English Garden, the likes of which we have already experienced.

We're home now, preparing for the night.  Tomorrow we'll head northwest into Virginia to visit Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.  My friend Earl, encouraged me to visit there, knowing my interests in inventions and such.  I really look forward to the experience.  And time marches on... Spring is here.  It's warm and green.  The nights are cool and life is good.  What more can two middle-aged wanderers ask?

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