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I sincerely hope you enjoy the photographs, the information, and a few insights and tips from my personal “Journal” entries,
 as I show you around the uniquely fascinating landscape of North Carolina’s Outer Banks.”


Many thousands of visitors flock to the Outer Banks each year. It’s not surprising then that there are many different reasons they come. Beach-going families converge on the northern areas, from Nags Head northward as far as Corolla, to enjoy the sand and surf of beaches quieter and less crowded than those of South Carolina. Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores, Duck, Sanderling, Corolla, and the booming developments along the

Roanoke Island provides historic, educational and scenic attractions to compliment an Outer Banks trip. These include the Elizabeth II State Historic Site, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Elizabethan Gardens, and one of North Carolina’s three state aquariums. The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau on Roanoke Island, at the foot of the US-64/264 Bypass “Virginia Dare” Bridge, provides a wealth of Outer Banks information, pamphlets, booklets and maps. A few minutes spent there could prove very fruitful.


Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout National Seashores take up most of the remaining landscape on the Outer Banks. There is little privately owned land within these park areas south of Nags Head. Private property is confined to eight villages that provide the only commercial flavor to this otherwise wild and undeveloped area. 

This protected coastal environment, which includes Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, brings many who enjoy the fishing, wildlife, bird watching, surfing, camping, kayaking, shell collecting, sailboarding and other activities.

Visitors traveling with the added benefit of their own boat have the greatest freedom to enjoy scenic views and water activities many landlubbers miss out on. Four-wheel drive vehicles also add a great measure of freedom. Much of the national seashore area permits beach access, so exploration by 4WD of the undeveloped scenic beauty of this remote and unique coastal treasure is very popular.



Another facet that brings visitors is the folklore and history of the Outer Banks. Both are so deeply woven into the fabric of this unique place that they are often inseparable. The Wright Brothers’ first powered flight, the legend and history of Blackbeard, the Lost Colony, the bravery and service of the Lifesaving Stations, hundreds of shipwreckswild horses roaming Shackleford Banks and Carova, and the almost mystical attractions of its lighthouses all add to the mix of compelling reasons why the Outer Banks is a fantastic, fanciful and fun place to see and experience.

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Real Estate Investing Guide Books

We’ve all heard the hype about how real estate investing is one of the safest investments for making money. But is there truth to this? I think so, but there are fundamentals that must be learned and that is where a real estate investing guide book can come in handy. When you first became interested in real estate there were probably many reasons for this. Maybe you wanted to generate a small cashflow every month to suppliment your income, have a healthy retirement, or strike it rich in a short amount of time. Regardless of what you want to do in the real estate marketplace you need to understand that having a guide to help you along the way is a very valuable asset. Many tricks of the trade that can make or break a new investor are only known by seasoned professionals. Some of these veterans have been kind enough to pass along their wisdom in real estate investing guide books.

Does the book have a list of common mistakes that most beginners make? This may sound some what ridiculous, but having the knowledge of what to look out for before it hits you can be a real money saver in the long run. Make sure your real estate investing guide book has plenty of case study examples about what you should be careful about and particular strategies to avoid. Regardless of what you want to do in the real estate marketplace you need to understand that having a guide to help you along the way is a very valuable asset. Many tricks of the trade that can make or break a new investor are only known by seasoned professionals. Some of these veterans have been kind enough to pass along their wisdom in real estate investing guide books.

And, does the book have an exit strategy? Of course we don’t want to bail on a project, but what if things do wrong and it is no longer feasible. You will need an exit strategy to get out from under a property that is draining your resources. You know how difficult it can be to make one mortgage payment, let alone two or three if you’ve got several investment properties that you are paying for also!

When shopping for a real estate investing guide book you want to look for a few things.Does the book outline a clear business plan to achieve the maximum profit they claim? Many real estate investing guide books will create a lot of hype about how much money you can make, but unless they are truthful and show you the positive and negative aspects and how to overcome them, you are taking a shot in the dark and counting on luck alone.

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The Benefits And Drawbacks Of Using Guide Books For Exam Study

When it comes to preparing for exams, the use of guide books or kunjis is one of the most popular methods followed by students across India. Although the use of this method of study has faced significant criticism from not only educationists, but also numerous parents, such books continue to be used extensively for exam preparation. This is primarily because of the fact that there some sections of society, including most students and even some teachers, support their use as a part of exam preparation. In fact, most of us would have used guide books while preparing for our own exams irrespective of whether or not we consider them to be the right method of study today. So what causes this huge divide between the various sections of society regarding the use of guide books? Before answering this question, we first need to understand what these books actually are? This write-up attempts to answer these and other similar question while also highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of their use.

What are Guide books?

Put in simple language, guide book is a general term used for identifying books that educate the readers about various concepts in the easiest possible way. The earliest instances of the use of guide books has been found in the tourism industry, where such texts were used to provide a basic information about the most important places of a tourist destination, to the visitors. In terms of education, such books are basically contain brief details of the most common topics about which the students have been tested in exams over the past few years. Although, there is no specific reference about the first instances of using such books, it can be said that their frequent use might have begun in the latter half of the 20th century, although they became exceedingly popular only after 1980.

Difference Between Guide Books and Reference Books

It is also quite common for people to confuse guide books with reference books, despite the fact that the two are significantly different not only in terms of content but also their approach towards educating the readers. Generally, guide books comprise the most important topics for a subject that the students are commonly tested for over a period of a few years. The books consist of a short description of a topic and then go on to provide a collection of the most frequently asked questions about the said topic, until all the topics are covered in a similar manner. On the other hand, reference books generally contain a detailed explanation of each topic, irrespective of its importance from exam point of view, along with several practical examples to ensure proper clarity of concepts.

Another significant difference between the two is that guide books are generally composed by publishing houses on their own with the help of exam papers of the past few years. On the other hand, reference books are usually composed by professional experts and often contain the latest information and results of research works conducted in specific areas. Reference books are often known as the extensions of text books, which contain basic details that are often not be found in the text books.

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