Areal Sunset – Outer Banks

One of the most idyllic chain of barrier islands in the world, the Outer Banks unfurls like a ribbon of sand off the coast of North Carolina. Known as barrier islands because they stand sentinel, guarding the mainland from Poseidon’s unbridled wrath.  

Known by mariners the world over as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, some 5000 shipwrecks dot this coastline averaging 30 per mile. The history of these islands borders on the unavailable at times. From a lost colony to Blackbeard the pirate, the story of these sandbars is the stuff of legend.  

There is simply no better way to showcase both the beauty and fragility of these barrier islands than rising up above it all in a small plane. 

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