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Old 05-26-2013, 12:41 PM   #1
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cape Hatteras koa

Just checked to the cape hatteras koa. Got our new to us coach 8 days ago and it worked perfectly on the 550 mile trip to get here. Now its time to go and look around and figure out what we are doing to do this week.
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Old 05-26-2013, 02:29 PM   #2
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You want to go to Chicamacomico - Honoring Our Heroes...Preserving Our Past. on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. At 2:00 PM they perform a Breeches Buoy Reenactment. Don't miss it! The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum is only about a 1-1/2 miles north on NC 12 from the KOA. They recommend (and so do I) that you go early as parking lot fills quickly for this event.

Essentially, what they do is a reenactment of how men were rescued from a shipwreck using a breeches buoy to transport them from their stranded ship to the safety of the shore. This method of evacuation was employed when it wasn't possible to launch the rescue boats due to weather and/or rough surf conditions

All the performers are wearing uniforms/clothes of the period. This is one of the Outer Bank's best kept secrets and is educational as well as interesting to watch. Below is a picture I took when I watched the reenactment in 2001.



Truthfully, don't worry about looking for things to do as there's so much to see and do you won't have enough time for it all. You'll be back!
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This is our 6th trip to the outer banks. However the first 5 were drive down and stay in as hotel. This is the first camping trip here.
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:54 AM   #4
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Sorry, but from your posting stating you had a new coach and trying to figure out what you were doing for the week, I made the erroneous assumption that this was your first visit. But no matter how many visits you have under your belt, you never run out of things to do or see at the OBX. It took me 40 years before I saw The Lost Colony play that's been performed for over 75 years every summer on Manteo Island.

My first visit to the OBX was in 1961. My father had a huge wall tent and our family of five camped at the Cape Campground near Cape Hatteras. Although the 1959 Chevy Biscayne we traveled in had a cavernous trunk, we still needed roof racks and a box (which my father built) to hold all the sleeping bags and lighter items.

Back then, the only national commercial chain-type businesses on the OBX that I can recall was a KFC at Whalebone Junction and a Ben Franklin 5&10 in downtown Manteo. Bypass US 158 was a simple two lane road and the Bonner Bridge to Hatteras Island didn't exist- you crossed Oregon Inlet via ferry.

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This is the first of many rv trips here. Im looking for something that our 2 younger kids will enjoy doing. We are thinking about a visit to the aquarium and relaxing on the beach for a while.
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What to do

jump on the ferrys ck out all the islands Get achance ck out ft macon long history if you have not been there yet its a must see you"ll enjoy it
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For the younger set (and adults too), the NC Aquarium is worth the trip to Roanoke Island which, at the time, was their only location when I last visited the OBX. However, I see they now have multiple locations and the one at Jeannette's Pier would save you the extra distance of driving to the original location on the other side of Roanoke Island.

At the Roanoke location they had tanks that children could put their hands in and experience touching various aquatic animals swimming in the water. The horseshoe crab was one of their favorites.

I was very familiar with Jeannette's Pier and R.V. Cahoon's which was next to it as I stayed at both places many times in the 70's and 80's. The motel portion of Jeannette's has been long gone and I have no idea of the status of R.V. Cahoon's is as I haven't been to the OBX since 2001. It's so congested during the summer months that my wife and I don't plan to go there again until she's retired and we can go off-season in the fall. Even when we used go, we always arrived/departed on a weekday to avoid the nightmarish weekend traffic backups to get in/out of the place.

When I camped, I stayed at Camp Hatteras. It was pricier than the KOA, but I liked it better because all the roads were paved and all the sites were concrete with a concrete patio and charcoal grill. They also had both an indoor and outdoor pool. The KOA had a much larger better stocked camp store than the one at Camp Hatteras so we often walked to it via the beach.
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We were there last year and we loved it. Not sure how young your children are but if you drive up to manteo there is a "pirate ship" ( I use that term very loosely) that the family can go on. Its very interactive and they actually go out and find "hidden" treasure. The boat is outfitted with working water cannons so kids can use them. They also dress the kids up as pirates and paint tattoos on them. Our kids loved it.
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That pirate ship sounds like it could be fun. My kids are 2 1/2 years old and 10 months. That will be on the list of thibgs to do next year when we come back. This camp ground is really nice but still under construction. Hopefully by next year everything will be fixed. They just finished the walk way over the dune by our site. Its to bad that we have to leave here tomorrow and head back to pa. Every year that we come here it gets harder to leave. Im not looking forward to the 12 hour drive home.
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