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Ranch/Rambler Homes

 Ranch Homes/ Rambler A Ranch Style home is an American original. Originating in the 1920’s with the post war boom of the middle class, this architectural style home fused modernist ideas with the American Western period of wide open spaces to create a casual lifestyle. One story living with a long low pitch roof and deep overhanging eaves. The roof line was primarily cross gabled, single gable or hip. The home itself was either rectangular, L or U Shaped. Many had an attached garage, others none at all. The floor plan was simple with the living area separate from the bedrooms. Often times a sliding glass door leads to a patio and feature large glass windows. The exterior materials used where typically locally sourced and mixed such as stucco, brick, wood or stone. By the 1950’s, nine in every 10 homes built were a Ranch or Rambler style. By the late 20th Century the Ranch style home began to wane and Neo-Eclectic homes became the rage with their combination of the Cape Cod, Mission, T

Where Wright Took Flight

Guys, isn't amazing that only a couple of years ago no one could hop on a plane from New York and be in California in four hours? Today you can be in New York at one moment and in less than eleven hours fly to Hawaii and soak in the sun and surfing heaven! You can pop aboard a flight from almost anywhere and be just about anywhere in a matter of time because of two geniuses who happened to be brothers. How do you think their parents felt about that?

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.































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