On day 5 of our vacation, we decided to head up north again, this time to visit Roanoke Island. I had big plans for all the things we would do there, but I seriously underestimated how far of a drive it was. It took us about 2 1/2 hours to get there, including the ferry ride. Because we did not want to be away from the dogs too long, we decided that we would spend our time on Roanoke visiting the Elizabethan Gardens. They were stunning! We also took some time walking around Festival Park and taking in the sites before heading back to Ocracoke. If we ever go back to the OBX, I really would consider staying in Roanoke or Manteo. There is a ton to do and see, and it is not only cute but chock full of history. We wanted to see the Lost Colony play, but it just was not feasible. (It was so bright that day, and the sky was cloudy, so all my photos look hazy and washed out, stupid white balance.)
I have spent a lot of time trying to determine what my favorite part of the trip was, and I have come to the conclusion that there was not favorite part. It was all amazing, every last second of it. I am so happy that Hubby and I had such an amazing week. While we are not the kind of people to go to the same place every time, and we like to have variety in the trips we take, I do hope someday we return to the Outer Banks. We had an amazing time, from the car ride there, to the ocean knocking me down (quite a few times), to eating dinner at our beach house. I would not change a minute of it, not even the sunburn.
Feel free to check out my photos from the whole trip here. There are many really great pics, but a word of warning, there are over 1000 pictures total!