Hangin’ With Kites With Lights

Kites with Lights, 2014.

Kites with Lights, 2014.

With temperatures still in the 70s and bright sunshine, it seems like Christmas is a long way off, but here it is November, Thanksgiving is just two weeks away and it’s a sure bet Santa is gearing up for his annual flight.

The Christmas season with Kitty Hawk Kites is really something special. We always begin the official season over Thanksgiving Weekend, with our Hangin’ With Santa on Friday and Saturday with a visit from that “fat jolly old elf”. If it’s raining or snowing or just too cold, Santa will be hanging inside the Kite store where they’ll be hot cocoa and plenty of cookies.

Saturday evening make a point of checking out our Kites with Lights at Jockey’s Ridge State Park as we paint the sky with lights soaring into the night sky attached to kites. Be sure to dress for the weather. It can be cold and windy on Jockey’s Ridge.

The holiday season is a time for giving gifts and Kitty Hawk Kites has a great selection of kites, toys, games, clothing, footwear—just about anything needed for kids or someone special.

Of course there’s lot’s of other activities on the Outer Banks as well during the holiday season. One of our favorites is Winter Lights at Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island. The Elizabethan Gardens is a wonderful 10 acre formal garden and during Winter Lights thousands of lights decorate the trees, plants and decorations. The Grand Illumination is Friday, November 27 and after that the Gardens are open Wednesday through Sunday to stroll along the pathways illuminated by the light of the decorations.

Kitty Hawk Kites Thanksgiving Weekend Schedule of Activities.

-FRIDAY-

Photos with Santa- Jockey’s Ridge Crossing

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

-SATURDAY-

Photos with Santa- Jockey’s Ridge Crossing

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Kites with Lights- Jockey’s Ridge State Park

4:00 PM – DARK

Outer Banks Bike Paths

Beginning of the Woods Road multi-use path in Kitty Hawk.

Beginning of the Woods Road multi-use path in Kitty Hawk.

One of the nicest aspects of visiting or living on the Outer Banks is how wonderful it is for bike riding. There are a lot of bike paths and multi-use trails that make riding ideal for families, very few hills and most of the paths are nicely shaded.

To help the uninitiated along, here are four easy rides suitable just about everyone.

North End of Duck, Duck

The multi-use trail extends the complete distance of the town from the Currituck County line to Southern Shores. However, the Duck Village area can be very congested with foot traffic, so the better ride starts at the Sanderling Inn to the north end of the Village at Sunset Grille.

This is the hilliest of all rides, but very interesting. The ride goes past the Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility, also known as the Duck Pier. Signs warn about unexploded ordinance in the fields. The road and path are safe. The fields are not. This was a bombing range in WWII.

The Woods Road, Kitty Hawk

A nicely shaded and well protected ride, this may be the best choice when the wind is stronger. The ride can be extended by bearing right at the fork in the road at Twifold and continuing on across the wooden bridge to the Austin Cemetery.

Two good places to park: either at the David Pruitt playground just past the Dominion Power offices at the beginning of the the Woods Road or at Sandy Run Park.

Wright Brother’s Memorial, Kill Devil Hills

A lot of history, a quick, flat easy ride—perfect for younger children. The road at the base of the Wright Brothers Memorial is a simple loop.

There’s a lot of parking at the site. The Airport parking lot off Ocean Bay Boulevard is also a good choice.

Roanoke Island, Manteo

Paralleling old US 64, this is one of the prettiest rides around. The path is well-shaded and takes riders past the Lost Colony and Elizabethan Gardens and through Island Farm. Another good ride on a windier day.

Things to think about

Whenever possible start your ride into the wind. It will make the return trip much more pleasant.

Take water. It will make a huge difference.