We hope to see many of you tomorrow morning at the visitor center. The grand reopening ceremony begins at 9:30 am and entrance to the park for the entire day will be FREE!
After taking a look at all the new exhibits inside the visitor center, step outside and take a look at all of the interactive and educational exhibits focused on aviation, historic preservation, and STEAM-based activities (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). Activities and exhibits provided by:
-Berlin Airlift Foundation
-Civil Air Patrol
-Dare County MedFlight
-Dare County Radio Control Flyers
-Elizabeth City State University’s Mobile STEM Lab Initiative
-First Flight Society
-Jockey’s Ridge State Park
-Kitty Hawk Kites
-Military Aviation Museum
-National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Monitor Marine Sanctuary
-North Carolina Department of Transportation - Aviation Division
-North Carolina Forest Service
-Outer Banks History Center
-Outer Banks Lighthouse Society
-Outer Banks Repeater Association
National Park Service Rangers will also provide outdoor interpretive talks at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, and 4:00 pm. The talks will begin on the back patio of the visitor center and end at First Flight Marker 1.
See you in the morning!
Still in awe over this golden hour in Acadia last weekend. After a rainy day, we imagined sunset would be a wash. Just goes to show that the classic Maine saying is true: if you don't like the weather, wait a minute.
Slot canyons, purple wigs, glitter, and flower leis. Backcountry preparedness at its highest level.
Years ago, I was on a 10-day backpacking trip and had spent a rainy night in the tent. In the morning, I stood outside, just at the timberline at the head of a long slope and I watched the first sunlight tickle the treetops on top of a cliff in the distance. It seemed painstakingly slow to watch the bright amber hues of sunlight creep quietly towards me, chasing a curtain of darkness being pulled back to reveal the forest in its true, colorful form.
It took nearly an hour, but I’ll never forget that warm feeling when the sun finally kissed my face for the first time that morning. It was warm, gentle, and soft; so bright it was almost blinding. It stopped my shivering and started to dry everything out. I knew everything was going to be okay.
I think a lot about that morning, especially when I feel frustrated about progress in life, or when I’m looking for answers that don’t seem to come, or when I’m just feeling impatient. The sun doesn’t flip on or off like a light switch; when dawn is approaching, it very quietly casts the slightest hint of color and light into the night sky. In my experience, it’s nearly impossible to point to a precise second in time as “the moment” sunrise begins. It’s more like a delayed realization — we look around and realize, hey, the sun’s already coming up! I think it’s getting lighter!
I started running again, several months ago. Progress had been painfully slow. I wanted the dang noonday sun already. But it doesn’t work that way. I huffed, I struggled, I could barely go a mile. Then two. Then three. Then, thanks to some inspiration (competition?) from sharing my progress, the sun finally popped up over the mountain. I ran almost 13.5miles not long ago. It’s the longest single run I’ve ever had. Sunrise.
Whether it’s physical progress, emotional growth, knowledge, relationships developing, or whatever kind of light we’re working on, I think it’s important to remember the sun’s path. It can be slow. Sometimes we can see the sunlight but it’s not time for it to reach us yet. Slow can be good. Slow can teach us. Slow helps us appreciate each morning, and being slow just makes us more like the sun.