Back out on the Outer Banks
Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
159Trip End Jun 01, 2011
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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?