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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.
We just recently learned how to fish for tarpon. Today, we’ve changed it up and went to feed them…. HAND FEED these "silver kings!!!" I first learned about this cheap thrill from an Episode of TripFlip from the Travel Channel and was inspired to add it to our itinerary. Experiencing such a thrill in the states was unbelievable. They didn’t even ask us to sign a waiver.
Another windy day so instead of taking the porta-bote out, we fish off of No Name Key Bridge… right next to the Old Wooden Bridge Marina where we’ve rented a boat slip for the month. We’ve caught various fish from the bridge before… namely, Cero Mackerel and Black Grouper but today we learned how to fish for giant tarpons!
"Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary was created in 1990. It is named for the HSM Looe, A British ship that wrecked in 1744. Located just five miles from our shore, we are the closest point to Looe Key with running time about 30 minutes." – Strike Zone Charters.
How convenient and just our cup of tea since their 1st tour time was doable – 9:30am. Enough time for coffee and breakfast to get our energy up for the snorkel. They have a 1:30pm tour but anyone who goes out in the ocean knows that the earlier the better. Why? Wind kicks in as the earth wakes up. Enjoy our video of the experience. It was a cloudy snorkel day but fun anyways.
Haven’t tried fishing from any of the bridges here in the Florida Keys. It’s too windy to take the porta-bote out anyways. We head to No Name Key Bridge… right next to the Old Wooden Bridge Marina where we’ve rented a boat slip for the month. What an exciting day of fishing it was, too! Bill caught a Cero Mackerel and I caught a nicely sized (3-5lb) Black Grouper.
We learned that fishing from Naples Pier does not require a fishing license. The only big challenge is finding parking in the winter season as many snowbirds or weather escapees from the north flock to Florida, therefore making parking a premium.
Time to take the Brompton for a 15-mile bicycling loop in the Florida Everglades… specifically, an area called Shark Valley. They also have a tram tour but biking allows to explore the scenery of the Everglades at our own pace.