On the day before the projected arrival of Hurricane Arthur- we quickly tried to get in all the things we wanted to do- in case our vacation time was cut short. After the Hatteras Lighthouse- it was time to check out the island of Ocracoke.
The free ferry takes you from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke.
It's run by the North Carolina Ferry system.
Because of many shallow areas-
the trip is not a straight shot- takes about 45 minutes to get there.
Plus plan on a wait line for the ferry both ways in the summer months.
A view from the water
ripples and rows of waves
A little bit of the history------Google Image
Once on land again, it was time to feed the hungry crew. Something iconic to fit the bill of island life.
A great place to eat on the island- where stories abound about the ties to the pirate- Blackbeard- Edward Teach. Ocracoke is where Blackbeard met his death in 1718. He was killed by British Lieutenant Richard Maynard of the HMS Pearl.
Our view while eating super FISH TACOS and outdoor dining at the Jolly Roger Pub.
Big and little friends
Some cool rides here in Ocracoke
Sought after transportation
is really the two wheel variety.
A laid-back community and ready for the 4th of July. There are about 1000 full-time residents on the island. The economy is supported almost totally by tourism.
The Ocracoke Lighthouse has been in continuous use since it was built in 1823.
The inlet that is part of Ocracoke Island--------------------Google image
Much more to see on this little island but we just kept getting side-tracked.
We did comply with the mandatory evacuation of Hatteras Island the next day. And Hurricane Arthur roared in, The hurricane was the first to make landfall in North Carolina
on record this early in the season, dating back to 1851.
NC 12 and some of the Hurricane Damage- the bridge to Pea Island--Google Image
The previous record was July 11, 1901.
Arthur was also the first Category 2 hurricane
to make landfall in the U.S. since Ike in 2008.
The worst effect from Arthur was the sound-side flooding
Friday morning July 4, 2014, on northern Hatteras Island,
along with Roanoke Island and the Dare mainland. Last report things are up and running again, the crowds have returned, and this spunky island goes back to "Island Life" living.
And once again the seas have been calmed- by the Master.