Ocracoke Day II

Trip Start Jul 08, 2013
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Trip End Jul 13, 2013


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What I did
Molasses Creek
Eduardo's Taco Stand
Back Porch Restaurant

Flag of United States  , North Carolina
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Well the morning began with a trip to the beach! And Ocracoke has some fabulous beaches because no matter how crowded the island gets there are parts of the beach where you'll never encounter another soul. The whole island is about 13 miles long and the beach front is accessible for nearly the entire distance, though many people choose to take 4 wheel drive vehicles out there since the walk could be painfully long. We decided instead on the one area that is lifeguarded and set up camp for about two hours. We collected shells together along the water. I listened to music on my phone and Jen read books on her kindle. I got burned. She did not. 

We drove back to the motel to get cleaned up. Jen was nice enough to cut the rubber bands off my hands too (get it? I'm a lobster?). We then went to lunch at a highly reviewed taco stand just across the street and although we felt sluggish for the next few hours it was totally worth it. Afterwards we went to the Ocracoke Preservation Museum which was really cool. It housed a lot of history of the island community in an historic house circa 1900 (that may not sound really old, but think about how many hurricanes it had to survive! Most houses in Ocracoke are much newer).

The British Cemetery is right down the road and we payed our respects there. Back during WWII a British trawler was being used for anti-submarine operations off the American coast when a German U-Boat sank it. The entire crew was lost at sea and four bodies washed up in Ocracoke, two of whom were never identified. They were buried in the town and even to this day the U.S. Coast Guard maintains the plot, including flying a British Union Jack over the site at all times. It's pretty amazing to see, and quite humbling on many levels. 

We retired back to the motel for a bit and then went out to one of our favorite restaurants, the Back Porch. It was here, in 2010, that I proposed to Jen during dinner. I remember it well. I had carried around the stained glass necklace for our entire road trip just waiting for the right moment. We had been standing over beautiful mountain vistas and hiking through rugged forest trails just days before but nothing seemed right. And...we were getting closer and closer to being home. But Ocracoke felt special. And that night, August 15th, I remember asking her to come back to Ocracoke with me someday....as my wife. She said yes. Then dinner came and we quickly forgot whatever the hell we were talking about and began wolfing down the excellent seafood entrees. I recalled later that I might have proposed but the bacon wrapped scallops were more important. She agreed.    : )

Anyway every time we come back to Ocracoke we get bacon wrapped scallops. 

Afterwards Jen recommended we see the Molasses Creek folk bank at the Deepwater Theater. They came highly reviewed and have toured all across the nation. The theater was pretty small with only folding chairs and a port-a-potty for a bathroom. I must say I was a bit wary since folk music isn't quite my thing (except for Bob Dylan and Iron and Wine). But the show was great. They intertwined music with comedic stories and rewrites of classic songs that made fun of tourists in Ocracoke. I've included a video from the end of the show.

This is the third time we've been to Ocracoke...and I worry that the town being as small as it is will someday let us down. That we might wake up and find that we're bored by it. And perhaps that will happen, who knows. But for now, every minute we spend here reminds us just how wonderful this little village is. It's more than a vacation for us...and I like that feeling.  
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