Roadtrip & Itineraries
Things to Do: Beginner Hang Gliding Lessons on the Sand Dunes of Jockey’s Ridge State Park (Nags Head, NC)September 27, 2014 | Maya
328th day RVing and we’re in and around the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Researching things to do in the area, hang gliding lessons was listed. Felt Wright at home with this adventure where “The Wright brothers… generally credited with inventing, building, and flying the world’s first successful airplane.” Quite honestly, learning hang gliding seems equal to the perspective of a paper airplane or how it feel to actually be the kite. LOL. Overall, if we had more time in the area, I would have signed up for their week long Hang 1 Camp but their 5 flights package was really fun.
Time to move from Riptide RV Resort & Marina to Pelican’s Landing Resort. We jumped on I-95N and have a 4 hour drive. It’ll be our first time experiencing summer weather (defined as rainy season from May to October) in Florida. We had researched a good location to stay… staying coastal as much as possible… that would be a good basecamp for some surf, beach visits, play on our porta bote, and close enough to theme parks. Here’s where we ended up staying.
To keep on our journey to get from the west coast of California to east coast of Florida, we said goodbye to Monte Vista RV (Mesa, AZ) and hello to the Voyager RV Resort (Tucson, AZ). It was a 127.5 mile Arizona road trip this day. The Rooster Coburn Ostrich Ranch was the perfect roadside attraction to stretch our legs and right off Highway 10.
Photo: That’s our Mini Cooper in the distance!
If you check out Yelp or TripAdvisor, taking this road trip near the Phoenix area is highly recommended as it has “incredible view of canyons, geologic formations, desert plants and trees, desert …
“…over 90 acres of an old 1800’s town…blacksmith shop, sheriff’s office and jail, to Victorian ladies… take a step back in time,” say the Pioneer Village website. It takes about 2 hours to walk around this Western town, including attending a short gunfight show. Our stroll in this dusty, desert landscape reminded me a lot of the TV series, Little House in the Prairie, I grew up watching.
Why visit the Grand Canyon? For activity junkies like us there’s the lure to hike, bike, mule ride, raft, whitewater, helicopter or experience land tours (bus, jeep or van). And, hello… how about just for its amazing landscape! Unfortunately, we had planned little time in the area and didn’t even know if the trip up would be doable. We’ve never been in Arizona for the winter and were worried about freezing weather… getting around in the RV.
We turned to page 278 of "Guide to Scenic Highways & Byways" by National Geographic which talked about how “Sand laid down about 300 million years ago became sandstone, tinted red by the presence of iron, then shaped by water and wind…” to what you see today. It’s only a short but sweet 7.5 mile scenic drive (Exit 298 to Hwy 179) of Red Rock country. We make an afternoon of it.
In Canada, enjoying a scenic Road Trip from Vancouver, B.C. to Whistler today. Stopping at Shannon Falls, witnessing athletic rock-climbers before a photo-op with ‘SAM The Lumberjack’. Now, our 4th stop to look for eagles in Brackenale – World’s Eagle Capital. After this last rest stop, we’ll be non-stop to Whistler.