Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Holy cow, you guys, make sure you visit this National Memorial. This was amazing!
Unfortunately the main visitor center is closed for renovations at this moment - it's really cool that the renovations are being carefully done as the visitor center itself is actually a historic landmark as well. According to the website it should be open later this year, so make time to visit that as well. For now the main attractions are outside with very little shade, so make sure you bring sunscreen and lots of water for the summer. My love and I visited here in the morning, but it was HOT AF by the time we actually made it and we went through a gigantic bottle of water between the two of us in the hour and a half of our visit.
We were able to climb the hill and visit the monument - this was difficult as the grade of the hill was pretty steep! If you have mobility issues, this may be very difficult for you to explore. It was really cool to make it to the top of the hill though, as it is really a gorgeous view of the area. (It also will help you appreciate why the Orvilles decided on a rail system for their successful first flights!) The markers for the first flights were also awesome - being able to actually walk the distances of the first flight was really special. We also got to see a recreation of the camp they stayed in, which was really cool!
We missed the ranger talks, but I'll highly recommend them anyway - it's clear that the people who work at this location take a lot of care in the upkeep and presentation of this site. There aren't a whole lot of exhibits up due to the renovations, so they're the source for further information if you're looking for it.
All in all, make sure you visit this site. It's wonderful!