|OBX - The Outer Banks|
When you look at a map of the east coast of the
States, it's tough to not have your eyes
drawn to the topography of the Outer Banks, a long thin sliver of barrier
islands that guard the coast of North Carolina.
I'd always wanted to visit, and my wife planned a trip out there for me for my
I spent a few days out on Ocracoke, one of the inhabited island far to the south, and it was beautiful and quirky and, to overuse a cliché, magical. It's also infamous as the location where the pirate Blackbeard met his end.
And in order to make a big loop, as well as squeeze in a day trip to a northern island, we took three of the ferries that lend access to Ocracoke: we took the Cedar Island Ferry out to Ocracoke, took the
Hatteras Island for fun, and returned to the mainland on the Swans Quarter Ferry.
The beaches are gorgeous, though not unlike the pirates that roamed their water, somewhat treacherous with dangerous riptides, which feel as strong as a river's ebb and flow. Growing up on the
I'm accustomed to undertows and riptides and perilous currents, and it was enjoyable
to be back in the ocean's embrace.
The sunrises are beautiful.
And the Ocracoke Lighthouse comes complete with cats, satisfying no less than two national fetishes.
|Ocracoke Lighthouse & Ocracoke kitty|
Visit. The Outer Banks make for a stunning destination.