Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head, NC
On the last day of our vacation, Michal and I decided to drive back down to Pea Island to enjoy its secluded beaches once more. It was a really great time, but this blog entry is not about that experience…
On the drive back home I brought up how sad it was to have to watch the sun set from the car, but no sooner had I said that did a sign appear for Jockey’s Ridge State Park which was the next left. We decided to just go for it, and this impromptu decision led to my favorite experience of the entire trip.
This is Jockey’s Ridge–the tallest natural sand dune system on the east coast (those black dots along the top are people!)
Sadly, pictures do not even begin to illustrate the wonder of seeing this natural landscape in person.
When we finally entered the park, I completely freaked out by how incredible. it was, and I even had a “double rainbow” moment, where I kept screaming “whoaaaa! whoa whoa whoaaaa!”, and then without warning I started sprinting to the top because I was afraid the sun would set before I got to see everything.
Unbeknownst to me, Michal managed to snap a few photos of my craziness.
Double rainbow jump!
At the top of the sand dune there were hundreds of people flying kites. Everyone just seemed so happy and at peace.
I was quite moved.
Basically I decided that when I die, I want to find myself on a beautiful sand dune, and waiting for me at the top is everyone I’ve ever loved, and we all fly kites (tear).
After getting a little faklempt, I was cheered up again by watching all the kids boogie board down the side of the sand dune.
wild children + sand = high entertainment value
After a while the sky started to get darker so we just relaxed and watched the sun set.
One lone kite just didn’t want to leave…
And because I hate ending on a serious note, below is a pic of my favorite kite (as spotted at Jockey’s Ridge)…
I call it Rat-Bird.