OCRACOKE

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Flag of United States  , North Carolina
Tuesday, May 26, 2009

We waited for the winds to lay down before proceeding to ocracoke because it is all open sound.There are no navigational aids to follow so you have to rely solely on the gps and the way points.The day proved to be excellent.Light winds,cool temperature and great company.There are ferries that run this route along with several others so you have to keep a watchful eye out for they run fast and throw a big wake and suck the water around you.This is the only way to reach the islands other than private boat or plane.We arrived at the Ockracoke Island the anchorage is called Silver Lake and it is absolutely breath taking as you enter and view the old Lighthouse,coast guard station(in the early days of the 1870"s they were called LIFE SAVING STATIONS  responsible for saving lives during shipwrecks and performed miraculous rescues along the Outer Banks.) and the surrounding village.Ocracoke is an English derivative of Native American words,the Croatan Indians members of the Algonquin tribe were full time residents here.Shipwrecks were extremely common off the islands thus earning the  name"THE GRAVEYARD OF THE ATLANTIC"During WWII  the coast guard station was transformed into a U S Navy base,beaches were closed,fishing curtailed,homes and businesses were requisitioned, and the islands life style was interrupted.The war was witnessed firsthand offshore where "TORPEDO JUNCTION" claimed more than 60 of our ships torpedoed by German u-boat subs.Blackbeard is also well known here.Teachs Hole is were he and the pirates would meet and have pirate parties ,the infamous pirate plundered the Carolina coast in the early 1700"s.He fought his last battle here and lost his head.You can ride horses on the beach and you can drive on the beach here.The village is compact so you either walk or ride a bike but you dont want to miss a single thing.The few residents here have several job descriptions---they can bag your groceries during the day and be the lead entertainment at one of the island night spots at night.There are wild ponies here---they have penned them and contributed 100"s of  acres of the Natl Seashore Park just for them.The island people lived in relative isolation,their only contact with the outside world was the mail boat that arrived daily---then the ferry system helped by shipping supplies and introducing their island to the rest of the world.It was such a great pleasure  and experience to meet and share with the island people who still and always will be ON ISLAND TIME!!!!!!Top of my list of places to return---THE OUTER BANKS  our next stop will be Norfolk,Va.
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