I just got back from a week in North Carolina… a warm week… When I was young, I was taught it was more polite to say it was ‘warm’ instead of ‘hot’… but come on… it’s hot in North Carolina in the summer!
Fortunately for me, I had a lot to distract me from the heat… for the second part of the week we were inland where I helped our friends decorate for their daughter’s outdoor wedding and reception…
I have several posts coming up featuring that wedding and decorations… amazing, beautiful and all on a budget!
But for the first part of the week we went to the Outer Banks.
So today, I’m going to show you a glimpse of a skinny island that makes up part of the Outer Banks, NC.
There is this skinny long strip of land with a few connections by bridges that divide the rest of the mainland of North Carolina from the Atlantic Ocean. Do you know what that type of body of water is called? (I’m sure if you live by the coast you know, but for my ‘landlubber’ readers, here’s a little lesson…) It’s not a gulf, it’s not a causeway, it’s not a river… it’s a sound. Maybe you all knew that already,?? I didn’t pay attention in geography like I should have so I may have missed it.
Here’s a Google Earth pic of the Outer Banks:
One of the things the Outer Banks are famous for is that it is the location of Kitty Hawk, you know the place where the Wright Brothers took their first flight… I’m not sure why they chose this spot, but it sure was a pretty place to see, and from the sky for the first time, it must have been an amazing view for them. Anyway, Kitty Hawk is on the north end of the banks and Ocracoke is down on the south end.
So we stayed on the banks for a couple of days and enjoyed the sandy beaches and waves on the bold water side of the island, just a little north of Hatteras.
When it was time to head inland, instead of driving up the whole way to access the mainland by bridge, we opted to drive down to Hatteras and pick up the ferry that took us to Ocracoke Island, and from Ocracoke, we would take another ferry that would take us all the way to the mainland.
Someday I’d like to live by the ocean, or at least for the summers… I think it’s funny how drawn I am to the ocean, but I live in ‘Our House’ in the middle of the United States, just about as far from any coast as possible… This is just where life has put me thus far, but maybe there’s change ahead…
Ocracoke Island was a fun relaxing place to visit and like every island I’ve ever been on, it’s vastly different from the mainland. If you’re looking for a wonderfully relaxing island vacation, I’d recommend checking out Ocracoke or the Outer Banks, NC.
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