Sand Dollar Motel
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... plus a cooler & sometimes buckets all on their front bumper!
We found one of the beaches they were headed for & went for a chat! They have to pay $50 a month or $120 a year for a beach access permit to drive their trucks right on the beach plus the fishing license fee of $30. They catch a large variety of fish but not ones were familiar with so I can't remember the ...
... that is a popular kite surfing area. they also wind surf as well. but the kite surfing was amazing to watch. people are on board that looks like a short surf board, they hang on with strings that are attached to a colorful beautiful kite. the boarders were doing flips in the air, it was very cool. we counted about 25 of them.
it was very hot the first four days that we were here and very humid, so that wasn't ...
... 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 ...
The most southerly place on the outer banks is Ocracoke. From there it is a long ferry back to the mainland.
There are no towns close on the mainland so we are staying at Ocracoke. A really pretty place which seems to be inhabited by ageing hippies. Every shop sells artisan tat.
As we book in to the harbours side motel they tell us there is a tornado coming tomorrow and there will be no ferries, so we believe them and book 2 ...
... scheduled on the 4 pm sailing. All is good.
Um, all is good until Cindy tells us the 4 pm boat is cancelled due to a mechanical breakdown, and we are welcome to take the 5:30 ferry. The 1,610-horsepower engine is fine; the steering is screwed up. OK fine. Worse things could happen. So we wait an extra 90 minutes, knowing our burger at Wendy's was not necessary.
When we finally get in the ferry "Cedar Island," we're heading for ...