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July 5, 2007 / milesandhisfavorites

My Outer Banks Vacation Part Five

Good morning everyone!  Yesterday was an amazing day.  It was an even better blast to the past experience, and went even further back, too.  Okay, before we get to the time travel part, I think I’d better explain to you that the whole thing wasn’t real.

 Basically, are you ready to travel through time?  Okay, whoosh!

 We are in Pirate Days, Argh, Ahoy Matey!  We really went to something called The Adventure Museum. First, we got our admissions stickers. Then, the blast to the past experience began. We started by dressing up in old time clothes. Then, we started with some real business. We went below deck of a ship that was used 400 years ago (technically it was a reproduction, just like that Wright Brothers shed I mentioned in the last entry). Then we transported ourselves into a forest. Man, was that cool. I actually walked inside an Indian hut. Next, we tromped through a village, but that place was full of pirates! Kidding!

Now, let’s get back to what we usually do. First, you should understand that we were not really in Old England, we were really in Roanoke Island the whole time. We visited a general store where you could try on all kinds of women’s hats. Have a look at me in one of those hats:

Now, another thing you should understand is that we took off outdoors, too.  I learned which is healthier, a wood plate or a silver/lead plate.  How about you find out the answers to this and two more in this 400 year old quiz:

  1. How did Blackbeard make himself look scarier?
  2. In pictures of ships, you might not see these but there are small wooden planks on ships.  What were these used for?
  3. Which is healthier — a pewter plate or a wood plate?

Answer Key

  1. By stringing string through his beard and then setting the string on fire.
  2. The wooden planks were used for traction when moving the anchor.
  3. The wood plate was healthier because the pewter plate usually contained lead which could give you lead poisoning.

 Now that you’ve learned a few more smarts, I bet you already know how to roll a hoop with a stick.   So, if you don’t, I’ll tell you:

  1. You need a hoop and a stick
  2. Next, you roll the hoop on the front on your right side, if you’re left handed you roll it on your left side.  I’m right handed.
  3. Roll the hoop with the stick for as long as you can.  You’re really doing it now!
  4. If at first you don’t succeed, roll roll again.

Now that you know one of those popular games, let’s move on with our story.  When we went outdoors, we also visited a small settlement.  Here’s a photo of us with a woodworker:

Now, we also visited a blacksmith, but I don’t have a picture of that. We walked on until we made it to the docks.  That’s where we boarded the Queen Elizabeth II.  If you want to set sail, well, the ship is tied to the dock unfortunately.  We went to the gun deck, but there were no guns, mind you. The people who were on it were not pirates, they were English sailors, and I’m not talking about the English language.  Britain, okay?  Queen of England, you get me?  London? Big Ben?  Here is a picture of me and Eli by the ship:

At the end of the day, we blasted into the sky.  Well, we didn’t, the fireworks did!  We went down to the beach late at night to see Fourth of July fireworks.   People on the beach blasted their own fireworks until the city of Nags Head started their display. Here are some photos:



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  1. crt / Jul 5 2007 2:14 pm

    Wow what a day! I think you looked pretty darn good in that hat Miles! Hah hah hah

    Do you think you’d like to take a trip in one of those big sail boats? I think I might get sea sick… and turn green!

    Enjoy your day today, and I look forward to your next entry.
    Your friend from AAP,

  2. Aunt Beth / Jul 5 2007 3:56 pm

    Hey Miles….

    Awesome blogging mister-man….its like the pictures that go with the phone conversations I have been having with Gabi. Thanks for including her in so many of the pictures. Wow her hair is long, huh?
    I think my favorite part of the Outer Banks other than the beach is Jockey’s Ridge. Its just so cool and different.
    It rained here on the 4th, so no fireworks for cousin Alexa…

    Give Gabi a hug from me (if you dare!!!)
    Aunt Beth

  3. Friend Merry / Jul 5 2007 6:28 pm

    Hi Miles. thanks for keeping me updated on your travels. I am enjoying them immensely.

    Say hi to everyone for me.


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