An Overview of The Outer Banks in North Carolina

Welcome back to the Friends That Carry On Podcast! We're a group of friends that like to travel the world together. We want to share our passion for travel through travel tips and tricks we've picked up along the way and stories of our adventures!

In this episode, we decided to stay domestic and we'll be talking about North Carolina and the Outer Banks. We talk about the barrier islands, a recent trip taken by one of the Friends, Brian Romine to the Outer Banks, and things to do when visiting there. Brian Romine is the host and tchotchke holder and is joined by Jim Scott and Walt Palmer.

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The Outer Banks of North Carolina is a 200-mile long string of barrier islands of the Eastern Coast of the United States. For anyone who doesn't know what barrier island means, it is a coastal landform somewhat similar to dunes. Typically, they are flat or lumpy areas of sand formed by waves and tidal action. Over the years, they can change in number depending on the weather.

How To Get To The Outer Banks

They have bridges that connect the mainland to Outer Banks. If you go further south, you can travel for another hour and a half on the Outer Banks. From Hatteras Island to Ocracoke Island, you have to take a ferry.

The Main Attraction to Outer Banks

We felt that it has a more natural and less touristy beach experience. There were certain sections where you can drive your vehicle, which we think is the main attraction. The dunes looked like they could be 20-feet at times. There are kayak boards available, where the wind and waves can carry them as high as 20-30 feet in the air, and hopefully, they land upright. It was inexpensive to charter a boat. You can split $500-$600 with everybody.

The lighthouses also offer excellent views and a great spot for photos. They also offer history about the Outer Banks.

Beach at The Outer Banks in North Carolina

A Fascinating History About the Outer Banks

Some of the early settlers of the Outer Banks were called "Wreckers." They made their living by scavenging shipwrecks and would lure ships to their destruction. They would hang lanterns on their horses' necks and walk them along the beach. The bobbing motion of the lanterns on the horses' necks would appear to the ships as another ship. The unsuspecting captain would then drive straight to the land, following these false lights. The Outer Banks were then called “The Great Graveyard of Atlantic”.

A Great Place for Fishing

On our last trip there, we saw a local man come up from the sea with his paddleboard. On the back of his paddleboard, there's a spear sitting upright, with 15 to 20 fishes that are about 4 to 6 lbs. He was sitting on his paddleboard from 9 am to 2 pm, simply spearing Triggerfish. He even asked us to take pictures of him holding his fish and spear.

One tip in fishing is that you hold them between their eyes, and that makes the fish paralyzed. On the dock area, you also have to look out for the fishing lines. Brian's son once ran into them while playing.

The Largest Aerial Adventure Park in Outer Banks

We also went to the Corolla Adventure Park, the largest aerial adventure park in Outer Banks. It's basically a giant jungle gym. In the middle, they have this main tower which has four stories that go up, and in each story, there are three obstacle courses that circles back to the main tower. It gets harder as you go up. We loved the ziplines. It was a 2-hour trip there, but it was a lot of fun.

The Food Experience in Outer Banks

They have a great selection of fresh seafood. The ambiance and food were really great. They went to a place called Paper Canoe, which had excellent service and a fun menu. It was the highlight of our trip. One of the food highlights you don't want to miss is the Duck Donuts. It's a franchise. You get to choose your topping, drizzle, and coating and you can watch how it is made. Brian's favorite is Maple-glaze with Freshly-cooked Bacon Crumbled on Top.

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