Outer Banks

Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
Trip End Aug 12, 2008

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Whispering Pines RV Park

Flag of United States  , North Carolina
Wednesday, July 2, 2008

We showed up at Whispering Pines RV Park at about 9am hoping they would have somewhere we could park Monica for the day so we could run about in the PT. With some reluctance on their part and charm on Clark's part, we got our spot for the evening so long as we didn't turn on the air conditioner.  No worries.  This baby cools down pretty easily with shore power.  (Starting to get some of the lingo down.)

After some unorganized preparation to get out the door and head for the Outer Banks, we had to return a couple times for various reasons.  It was a strange feeling to see a car that had passed us down the road a piece on our first trip had been in an accident.  There are no coincidences. 

We followed the signs for Cedar Island not sure what to expect.  Would there be a bustling town with a beach and people everywhere?  We followed the state signs turning left and right and what seemed to be a very sleepy area that time had forgotten.  We drove into the town of Sea Level where many homes and business' had been abandoned, but yet there were still many people still living there on the ocean front of the Atlantic.  It was very peaceful, almost eerily so.  It was so quiet you could almost hear the bustle of years gone by.  There was a real sad energy there that all four of us felt.  We decided to leave and get to our destination of Cedar Island, what we thought was the end of the line.  We headed up and over a bridge that had the Atlantic on one side and the Sound on the other.  It was as though there was not a soul that traveled that bridge and it was put there just for us.  When we arrived at the end of the road, there was a hotel, restaurant and ferry that took cars over to Okracoke Island and yes we later found out that we could drive our RV onto the ferry if you have a reservation, so we decided to make one for the following day.  It was going to take the same amount of time to get to our destination, but it was actually going to be cheaper than driving around the sound.

We ate lunch in the old Inn built in the 50's where there were round windows that had a ship-like motif and looked out towards the water's edge.  Laurie served us and one other table.  We were the only lunch customers of the day.  She had grown up in that area and explained that the area is the same as it always has been.  "No less busy" than she could remember.  Her grandmother was a maid at the Inn when she was a little girl.  "The only difference now is they have torn down all the activities for kids along Atlantic Beach to put up condos and the kids no longer have anything to do.  The took out the movie theater, bowling alley, arcade, etc."   (We didn't believe her as there were too many signs of changing times.) It takes the kids over an hour by bus to get to school, as they have to travel inland to where there is enough children to have a school.  Her 4th grader has 8 in her class.

We went out to the waters edge and realized that the whole area was a sand bar.  You could go way out into the water and not get past your knees.  It was very cool.  We enjoyed this area a lot.

We decided to go to Atlantic Beach where all the condos had replaced the kids fun.  There was a caution flag for Jellyfish, but we saw plenty of people in the surf.  The surf was pretty good and the kids were able to use the boogie board and have a pretty good ride on it.  We were all having a good time being push about by the ocean when Audrey started to get caught in a current.  Clark was close enough and saved Audrey from being pulled out as she was getting tired from trying to make her way back in.  It scared her some and she decided it was time to leave. We all agreed we had enough "wave action" for the day. 

We drove through Beaufort where Blackbeard lived and wrecked havoc upon those he came into contact with.  Clarkism: "kids did you know that Blackbeard would prepare for battle by braiding his beard and light incense under his hat to create the illusion of smoke coming out of his ears.  This of course would strike terror amongst those he was fighting."
We made it back to the campground in time for the kids to get some pool time in.  It appears that this is when people come out around here.  We had kids cruising in their cars in Poplar Bluffs and now we have adults cruisin at the RV Camp in their golf carts, sometimes loaded with 6 or more folks on them.  There was even a camper that had a full outdoor bar that appeared to be somewhat of a drive through for those who knew him.  As much fun as it was watching the RV culture, we had to go to bed as we needed to make it to our Ferry reservation early the next day.  
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