Outer Banks - North Carolina

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    Hatteras Lighthouse - Video of the Move - Quite Impressive! (from Carolina Shore Travelogue)

    Just re-watched a video of moving the 4,830 ton Hatteras Lighthouse 2,900 ft to its new and much safer location - 50 minute video below (well worth watching) and a few pics. Dave :)
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    Hatteras Village Overnight - Ferry to Ocracoke Island

    After our 'day trip' out of Duck and down the Outer Banks (see map) w/ stops at lighthouses, the Pea Island Visitor's Center, and lunch in Buxton, we arrived in Hatteras Village (site for the ferry to Ocracoke Island) - we stayed in a small marina w/ a half dozen modest rooms, but w/ wonderful views of the charter fishing boats and a marvelous sunset after dinner - next to the marina was yet another one with a restaurant called Dinky's - I had the fresh tuna rare w/ a Thai glaze + aromatic jasmine rice w/ a cilantro-lime infusion - quite a pleasant interlude after a LONG day down the banks - next morning after coffee on our balcony, we drove the car onto the ferry for a one hour 'boat' ride to Ocracoke Island. Dave :)
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    Ocracoke Village - just a couple of nights here w/ one full day - staying at a small Bed & Breakfast - below is a post from my Carolina Shore Travelogue (dated August 2016) about Blackbeard (a.k.a. Edward Teach) who terrorized the Carolina coast in the early 18th century; he was killed and beheaded in a sea battle near Ocracoke Island - we saw the last street plaque yesterday near the visitor's center.

    P.S. for those interested in Blackbeard, more can be found in my Carolina Shore Thread, especially about the archeologic site in Beaufort, NC where his ship the Queen Anne's Revenge lies, and also the excellent exhibits in the Maritime Museum there.

    Blackbeard - Infamous Pirate - Killed Off Ocracoke Island in 1718!

    In the late 17th & early 18th centuries, piracy was rampant off the Carolina coast and the Outer Banks - one of the most famous pirates was Blackbeard (a.k.a. Edward Teach) (c. 1680 - 1718). He often stayed at Bath on the coast (colonial capital of North Carolina). One of his famous ships was the Queen Anne's Revenge (sunk near Beaufort and part of an undersea archeologic study - many artifacts on display in the North Carolina Maritime Museum there).

    His story is quoted below (Source), including his death in a sea battle near Ocracoke Island - Lt. Maynard in charge of the winning Royal Navy had Blackbeard beheaded and mounted the head on his ship which returned to Virginia (he needed proof to collect the bounty) - more on Blackbeard in some later posts - in about 6 weeks, we are making a return trip to the Beaufort area. Dave :)

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    Ocracoke Island & Village - Introduction

    Ocracoke Village is on the southwest corner of the island and is small is size w/ a beautiful harbor lined by docks and boats. From the quote, the 'permanent' population is tiny, but in the tourist months, the number of people increase dramatically! Only two ways to get on the island, i.e. ferry or by air. Pics below are just an introduction - we saw the small 'diminutive' lighthouse yesterday, a beautiful structure that is run by the Coast Guard and is closed to climbing; the structure dates from 1823 and is the second oldest in the United States still in operation (see plaque description) - the small building was used to store lamp fuel before electricity.

    We have a full day today and have had great weather the entire trip, however, rain is in the forecast - a future post or two will include what activities we can do today. Dave :)

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    I've really enjoyed this recent series of travel stories, especially the one about Blackbeard. It's hard to believe he was dead before he turned 40.
     
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    Hi SciFan.. thanks for the comments - pirates did not last long back in the early 18th century - another local Charleston pirate (born in Barbados) was Stede Bonnet (1688-1718) who collaborated w/ Blackbeard (see link, if interested) - Bonnet came to privacy later in life and was pretty poor at the profession; he was captured quickly and put in the Charleston Provost Dungeon (see quote) to await execution - he literally begged for his life ("While awaiting his execution, Bonnet wrote to Governor Johnson, begging abjectly for clemency and promising to have his own arms and legs cut off as assurance that he would never again commit piracy - same link), but was hung. I've visited the dungeon several times on our many trips to Charleston, and probably our son's favorite activity there when he was a youngster. Dave :)

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    Ocracoke - Full Day Activities

    Our day on Ocracoke was full of activities which can be divided into those related to nature and those having to do with history of the island:

    Horses of Ocracoke - as w/ a number of these barrier islands on the Virginia and Carolina coast, Ocracoke also has wild horses (check first quote and link for more information); once 'free range', the horses have been corralled since 1959 and are cared for by the Park Service.

    Ocracoke Seashore - much of the island is part of the Hatteras National Seashore and multiple access points to the beach are available - we stopped at several and walked on the beach which stretches for miles (just two pics below).

    Hammock Hills Nature Trail - just 3/4 mile (seemed LONGER!) w/ an observation platform looking over the northern marsh and marine forest; Pamlico Sound in the background - very buggy, so use spray before walking.

    British Cemetery - part of the story quoted below; a well kept small cemetery honoring the British sailors who lost their lives when their ship was torpedoed by a German U-boat near Ocracoke; 4 bodies washed up on the island's shore - two were identified and the other two not - all four are buried on Ocracoke Island.

    Ocracoke Preservation Museum - see third quote; located in a small house dating to 1900 - multiple rooms filled w/ history of the island - just pics of one of the rooms below. One of the most interesting attractions was a video & exhibit explaining the 'Ocracoke accents or brogue' - when spoken rapidly by a 'native', the English was barely understood by Susan & I - fascinating!

    We lunched at Howard's Pub and shared our 6th dozen oysters on the half shell during this trip (averaging 1 dozen a day!) - the shrimp salad & the Mahi Mahi sandwich which we split were superb - we returned for drinks after our 'buggy & sweaty' nature walk - there are about two dozen beers on tap (I had a Natty Greene IPA - made in Greensboro). Then a little shopping and back to our B & B before dinner at the Back Porch - last night's dinner at the Flying Melon was superb, so expecting good food tonight. Dave :)

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    Ocracoke - Cedar Island Ferry & Overnight in New Bern

    Departure from Ocracoke on the Cedar Island Ferry (first five pics w/ last look of the lighthouse) - we were on a large 'new' ferry boat called the Swan Quarter, which came into service in November 2011 (click on the information image for more details) - the passenger area was rather nice - air conditioned, comfortable seats, and even Wi-Fi. The journey is about 23 miles and takes 2 hours and 15 minutes. We saw a number of boats along the way before entering the Cedar Island Ferry port - much of the island is a nature refuge and the drive was beautiful. We decided to do an overnight in New Bern (part of another travelogue), a historic town and once the colonial capital of North Carolina - staying on the waterfront in the DoubleTree w/ some gorgeous views from our balcony of the marina and bridges in the background. Dave :)

    P.S. click on the ferry info image to enlarge and read, if interested.
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    Lovely start to an interesting week. As you can see, Wilbur wasn’t particularly interested in talking to me.
     
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    Outer Banks - Some Final Comments

    Yesterday's 'leg' of our OBX trip was enjoyable - 2 1/4 hr smooth ride on a 'new' ferry boat was relaxing followed by a beautiful drive through the Cedar Island Refuge to New Bern (see map w/ ferry insert). We dined quite well - the second image is a listing of the restaurants that we had lunch or dinner in the various towns visited - all are recommended and varied greatly in price - the ones marked w/ an * had raw offerings - we shared 7 dozen oysters, all from either Virginia or North Carolina - and all excellent!

    For those viewing this travelogue and are thinking about a trip (or a return visit) to the Outer Banks, please feel free to ask questions - we obviously accomplished a LOT on this journey but there are many other things to do, e.g. ocean swimming, water activities, horse rides on the beach, fishing, and the list goes on. Dave :)

    P.S. On this trip, we covered nearly 950 miles by car & about 30 miles by ferry!
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