Sand Dollar Motel
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... land on & visit the Monument. We love finding these historical treasures & walking around sites like this!! We owe a lot to these guys, they opened up the whole world & beyond for all of us.
Cape Hatteras is located on The Outer Banks, a thin broken strand of islands that curves out into the Atlantic Ocean off North Carolina's coast. There are lots of bridges to drive over with fabulous ...
... in this harsh environment.
We finally got our tent to stay up without collapsing every 4 seconds and set off cooking some Fajitas before the sun finally set.
Our camp neighbors John & Janet Wood entertained us with a model plane show & tell session and an art viewing of Janet's paintings on cards. (of which she kindly gave Louise & I two each...us being the fellow artists in the group) Chris scored himself ...
... 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 ...