By David Rogers. April 17, 2017. CAPE HATTERAS, NC — In the High Country we have hiking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting and various other “adventure sports” to keep the thrill-seeker in us alive and invigorated. The coastal areas of North Carolina, especially the historic Outer Banks, are equally fertile grounds for stirring the mind, body and soul of humanity.
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Hatteras, Ocracoke and various other ports in, along and around the Pamlico Sound were among the haunts of Edward Drummond, who always introduced himself as Edward Teach, but his most infamous identity was that of “Blackbeard,” the most famous of scoundrels from the Golden Age of Piracy. He sailed the high seas in the late 1600’s and early 1700’s plundering merchant ships for their cargo. For more biographical background information about Blackbeard and other famous pirates, CLICK HERE.
Pirates may no longer roam the high seas, but plenty of daring souls sail high and fast along the beaches of Hatteras.
Pirates may no longer sail the along the Atlantic Ocean’s salty shores of the Outer Banks, nor across its narrow spit of sand in the fresh water of Pamlico Sound, but there are still plenty of daring souls sailing along the beaches of Hatteras, Avon, Rodanthe, Kitty Hawk and Nag’s Head — and their missions are hardly nefarious. They are intent on fun in all caps, F-U-N, with the wind racing through their hair as they zip across the tops of cresting waves, sometimes even doing acrobatic somersaults when the wind is just right.
Kiteboarding and windsurfing are all the rage down here among locals and visitors alike. Easter Sunday must have been some sort of World Day in this little corner of heaven, because walking along the beach we heard French, Russian, Portuguese and Spanish among the kiteboarders, and a sprinkling of other English dialects, from Texan to New Yawker. And they were all taking advantage of the strong winds, mild temperatures, and near cloudless skies.
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