On the go… to the Wright Memorial

Posted by on August 15, 2013

So I am out of town,  I apologize that this post isn’t about fashion, Winston-Salem, something on the web.  I hope you find a day trip (really a morning trip) interesting.  I’m always looking for different things to do with my kids and thought if you were at the Outer Banks you might find the Wright Memorial a fabulous excursion.
We are at the beach for one last trip before school starts.  Both grandmothers, the boys, and myself.  It has been hilarious.  Both grandmothers have fabulous strong personalities and both of my boys have wonderful strong personalities.  All these personalities make a day full of fun!  Today was a little chilly and Nelson wasn’t in the mood to go to the beach, so after a few cups of coffee it was off to the Wright Memorial today.
My mom had never been, for the boys and I, it is a once a year tradition.  If you aren’t familiar with the Wright Memorial, it is located in Kill Devil Hills, NC and commemorates the first heavier than air machine flights of Orville and Wilbur Wright.
We first went to the monument that was erected in 1932, as we climbed up the hill we were amazed how you could see the ocean and the bay as well as the rest of the island.  Nelson and Rand felt like they were “king of the mountain” as each one of them looked out, fascinated by all that they saw.
We also checked out the bronze sculptures of the plane and people.  Both boys loved getting onto the plane like Wilbur pretending they were flying the plane.
Next we went into the welcome center and listened to the Forest Ranger give a brief overview of the five flights that Orville and Wilbur Wright attempted and completed.  (The fifth ended in a crash)  Rand lost a little bit of interest in the presentation, but the box full of money well he found that interesting… Oh my!  My mom soon escorted him outside while Nelson and I listened to the rest of it.  The Forest Ranger explained how the wings worked, how the engine worked, and basically how the Wright brothers never gave up.  It was a great lesson in how with determination you can accomplish anything.
Finally we walked the path of the four successful flights. We also checked out  the recreated hanger and living quarters.  All outside and fun.  It was a great morning, where we got to enjoy being outside and learn a little something.  Is there a better combo??  I don’t think so!  Maybe that is just the history major in me though?? 🙂
Hope you and your family are enjoying these last few days of summer break!  I’ll be back next week with another installment of Winston-Salem Style, a fantastic interior designer (overall maven), and lots of other goodies for you to read!!  Again, I can’t tell you how much the calls, emails, texts, etc.  have meant to me these last few weeks.  You all are the most supportive and loving readers a blogger could ever dream of!!  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for all of your support!!
Dashing – xoxo


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