Sunday, September 20, 2009

Man killed by sharks at Kill Devil Hills

Man, did you all read about this? A tourist found a man dead at Virginia Dare Road and the autopsy revealed...a shark ate him!

It seems I just got back from the Outer Banks just yesterday....oh I miss it so much (maybe not the shark part but thank goodness I didn't know about the possibility of becoming someone's dinner at the time).

I remember Virginia Dare Road...just trying to think if it was the road we needed to take to see something or the name just stuck in my mind. I had no idea there were sharks in the water, but this proves it!

While I have you on the subject, I've got...taddddaaa...pictures! I've got so many, I think I'll divide it into 3 parts.

First, the Outer Banks is beautiful. If you want to see miles and miles of beach, this is the place to go. Our plans were to stay over at Nags Head and use the rental to drive to other places. I knew I wanted to see the Cape Hatteras lighthouse which was an hour away and I knew I wanted to see the Wright Brothers exhibit, plus there was the biggest dune on the east coast there in Nags Head and I wanted to see that. Plus, eat. Eat and eat. We did more eating than anything else, I think.

So anyway, since we were only staying a couple of days, beach houses were out as you could only rent them for a week at a time, plus this was a last minute trip and it's nothing like trying to plan a vacation in a few days so we opted for the Ramada Inn. Here's what it looked like:




















Thought I had a better picture of it, but this is as we were sliding into the parking lot. My daughter said Nags Head wasn't what she pictured. She pictured more like here on the island but instead it reminded her of Pigeon Forge, TN. because of all the tourist shops.

Anyway, we unloaded and when we got to the room, how do I want to put that. They weren't impressed. For one thing, it was small. We had two double beds for 3 people which I knew when we signed up for it but there was nothing else available (might I add we made reservations the night before so pickers can't be choosers).

I made the best of it and started unpacking while the kids were sitting around looking kind of let down. Granted, it looked nothing like the hotel at Myrtle Beach. But it was a room and I tried to keep up their spirits.

We had a balcony which overlooked the ocean. Again, nothing like Myrtle Beach with the palm trees, pool below, wide open beaches, but this is what it looked like:




































I guess it's not that bad, but nothing like this:




















Or this:



















Or this:



















Those last pictures were taken at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, a few hours south...now that was a beautiful place.

But this hotel did have a few perks. We were tired and hungry so instead of searching for a restaurant, we decided to eat in the hotel's restaurant. Well, it came with entertainment. While we were waiting for our overly high priced food to arrive, it seems there was a line dancing class in progress. Yehaw. Take my word of advice. Order take out.

After that exciting adventure, we rode around to the different shops and bought t-shirts. It was getting late so we headed back to the room. I'll be back tomorrow with pictures of the Cape Hattaras Lighthouse, the Wright Brothers Museum and the tallest sand dune on the east coast which I climbed. Believe It. Or Not.

10 comments:

  1. I think impromptu vacation trips are often more fun than some that can be overly planned. Usually even the negative things really are not that bad. Just think, otherwise you might have been stuck home watching reruns of Judge Judy or something else on TV!

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  2. Dick, you are so right. We ended up having lots of fun!

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  3. Hi Dorothy, I've never been to the Outer Banks--but have been to Myrtle Beach. In fact, my hubby and I go north of Myrtle to Ocean Isle, NC every year in May. We stay in a 'small' place (our choice) ---and love it. The beach is gorgeous there and the seafood (around Calabash) is fabulous...

    We choose the 'out-of-the-way' areas instead of going where all of the people are. YET--we're close enough to Myrtle --if we want to check it out.

    You have some great pictures of both the Outer Banks and Myrtle Beach. I had not read about that man getting eaten by a shark.. Yipes!!!

    Have a great week.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  4. Thanks for stopping by, Betsy! I'm glad I didn't know about the sharks, I'll tell you that much, lol!

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  5. Well, at least we don't have sharks in Illinois. I did see a fox yesterday not far from my house. that was exciting.

    Morgan Mandel
    http://morganmandel.blogspot.com
    http://www.morganmandel.com

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  6. We havent been down to the Outer Banks in several years, but I do know it is a beautiful spot to vacation for those who love the ocean.
    I suppose growing up in Va. Beach makes me yearn for moutains and valley instead of sand and surf, so we are heading the other way. I am about to go back up to Gettysburg PA for a week.
    No sharks up there..Just the ghosties ha ha

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  7. Oh hey Patty...tell me about the ghosties!

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  8. We went to the Outer Banks many years ago and I loved it! We found a quiet part of the beach and let the kids swim. No sharks thank goodness. Glad to hear you enjoyed yourselves. It's always nice to get away. As for the entertainment...well, my daughter and I would have jumped right in!

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