The folks we have to thank for modern aviation are locals right here from the United States: Orville and Wilbur Wright. Joe and I were talking about how fascinating these brothers from Ohio were yesterday! They went to Kill Devil Hills, NC of all places to try out their mission and dream. We also discussed how in today's time how Orville and Wilbur have fallen from the top 10 baby names list. There is something about the name Orville that makes me want to pop some popcorn and Wilbur makes me think of Mr. Ed and Wiiiilbur.
Once you make the trek up the hill where the monument is located, you can understand why the Wright's may have chosen this spot. Even on a windless day, one you transcend up the brier filled hill, the air is moving. Pulsating with speed and gusts, the top of the hill could be treacherous for some. Ava had to be careful not to be blown from the top! At times the wind speed didn't let up and then all of a sudden the air was still.
Located at the bottom of the hill, to the east is the airport. With an efficient runway, a small building for the pilots and a couple of picnic tables, you can fly in for a picnic lunch. We saw a couple with their dogs do just this. After they ate lunch and rested they took off and headed to Ocracoke. Must be nice!
Here are a couple of shots from our day.