After being on the road for 8 months we finally hit the East coast! We traveled all the way down to the Florida keys and finally up to the Outerbanks. I actually lived in North Carolina when I was a kid for a really short time, my family explored the OBX and surrounding areas but sadly enough, I really don’t remember it.
I was excited to see the places I had once seen before and had pictures of when I was a kid. The Outerbanks reminded me of a sleepy oasis (I think that’s because we came at the right time), Locals told us it gets pretty busy after Memorial Day. We drove in and were able to sleep right on the beach. A sleepy oasis is exactly what you need for ‘van life’, places to park and being discrete is always key.
We made it to the Wright Brothers memorial which was fun to see and to think about how far aviation has come, being travelers and dreamers ourselves– it was definitely something that impressed us.
We also checked out this Light House at Cape Hatteras, the same lighthouse I have a picture of from when I was much younger and which happens to be the biggest and most recognized lighthouse in the world. I grew up having this lighthouse as a nightlight, I love when life comes full circle.
As we made our way down the OBX we finally made it to a ferry, with the van (so fun!). We crossed the over to the island of Ocracoke, My absolute fav!! It was even sleepier than the rest and seemed to have a younger culture than the rest of the retirees on the other islands. This place was the perfect amount of funky and cool, the people were friendly, the food was fresh and local at the restaurant we ate at– Dajio and, and the houses had so much character.
The best part about traveling all over the country is that we learn all the places we’d like to come back to in the future, a few times we’ve said “I’m glad we didn’t spend a vacation on this spot” and other times we say, “I can’t wait to go back to that place one day!” Okracoke is definitely a place we’ll be visiting again, more and more we’re finding gems on the East Coast that our making our West Coast hearts torn 🙂 We live in such a beautiful country and I feel constant gratitude for being able to explore it all.