It was 9:00 AM when Bob drove us south on NC 12 and then US 158. We arrived at the Bodie Island Light Station an hour later. There is some dispute on the pronunciation of Bodie. Several sources say it is BAW-dee, the same as body, but they acknowledge that it had been pronounced BOE-dee incorrectly for so long that this had become an acceptable alternative.
We left the lighthouse about 10:45 and drove south. The road was closed at the Bonner Bridge, but the deputies told us it would not be open until 1:00 PM. This gave us hope for our planned trip to Ocracoke tomorrow. The bridge construction was where the workers accidentally cut the only power cable to Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands back at the end of July, resulting in the evacuation of both islands.
VROC friend Rabbi and his wife Vonna were staying in Kitty Hawk after they had been evacuated from Salvo on Hatteras Island earlier in the week. After texts between us, we agreed to meet for lunch at Mama Kwan's Tiki Bar and Grill at 1:00 PM.
The Visitor Center at the Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kill Devil Hill was closed for renovations but the rest of the facility was open. I thought the flight took place starting from the top of the hill where the Memorial Tower was set, but that was where they launched their gliders. The actual first powered flight took place on flat ground and the first flight on December 17, 1903 was only 120 feet. That was less than the length of my yard. But they made four more flights that day. Two of them each went a little farther and then, on the fourth launch, it traveled 852 feet.
We moved on the Mama Kwan's, getting there about 15 minutes before the appointed time. The pretty server got us situated at a table for six and Rabbi and Vonna arrived right on time. Rabbi has been one of the most respected voices in VROC and it was sure good to share a meal with him again. We enjoyed some interesting food as we caught up. I told him about the plans for the 20th year of SEVROC in May, 2018 and he said he would try to make it.
It was 3:00 PM when we got back to the house. The elevator had been rendered inoperable but it was going to take a repair man to fix it. I set up in the dining room to sort photos and write the story of today.
Maybe more later.....
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