Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

Today, I drove about 4-hours from Morehead, NC to Kitty Hawk, NC. Hopefully, everyone knows the significance of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, but in case you don't, it's the place where the Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur, became the first men to succeed in a controlled flight in 1903. 

 

Cool little miniature on display

A replica of the Wright Flyer. The original is on display in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. 

A day the world changed

Huge monument dedicated to the Wrights

The Wright brothers made 4-flight attempts, on that day; the first reaching a distance of 120 feet while the fourth reached an impressive 852 feet and lasted nearly a full minute. 

Marker 1 - 120 feet, 12 seconds

Marker 1 - 200 feet, 15 seconds

Marker 2 - 175 feet, 12 seconds

Marker 4 - 852 feet, 59 seconds!

Some sweaty dude

Coming to Kitty Hawk wasn't originally on the itinerary for this trip, but after departing Florida early I decided it was a spot that was definitely worth checking out. Nothing is as surreal as standing at this spot, looking up, and seeing a large jumbo jet soar overhead. It's a true testament to the achievements of mankind and something I think everyone should experience in their lifetime. 

Right now, I'm halfway between Kitty Hawk and Atlanta. Tomorrow, I'll meet two friends at their place there where I'll have a couch, a much-needed shower, and a chance to do some laundry and on Friday we're all driving to Lake Jocassee, NC to camp for the weekend. Thanks for tuning in.

-Zak