Last week we traveled by car from New Bern, NC to Beaufort, Atlantic, Cedar Island, Ocracoke, Hatteras, Whalebone, Nagshead, Kill Devil Hill, Manteo, passed Stumpy Point, through the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, Engelhard, Belhaven, Pantego, Bath and Washington before arriving back in New Bern.
We stayed in Atlantic and Rodanthe and day tripped to see the sights. It was a very relaxing, enjoyable holiday journey.
This is where the land meets the sea and it is a marvelous and wonderous transition indeed.
The old jail in Beaufort.
Old colonial house in Beaufort.
Looking toward Back Sound toward Core Banks from the tip of Harkers Island, Cape Lookout National Seashore.
With my telephoto lens zoomed out you can see Cape Lookout light from Harkers Island.
Cord grass is the only plant that grows in the salt marsh of the outer banks. Plenty of blood sucking insects also live here
At the end of the world (Cedar Island) you can get a ferry to Ocracoke.
It is a 2.5 hour ride and if the weather is fair, it is a most enjoyable ride.
There's always a cowboy. The speed boat passengers were getting a pounding in the chop of Pamlico Sound.
From Ocracoke Island it is necessary to take another ferry to Hatteras Island which takes about an hour.
The North Carolina DOT operate several ferries to and on the Outer Banks.
From the ferry you can see the waves from the Atlantic Ocean breaking on the shoals at Ocracoke Inlet. Navigation of the Outer Banks has always been treacherous and experienced seamanship is essential.
From NC 12 you can see the Atlantic on one side and Pamlico Sound on the other id you could stick your head above the dunes.
The winds are what attracted the Wright Brothers to the outer banks to conduct their experiments in flight. The winds are still a huge attraction for wind surfers and kite boarders by the dozens.
A replica of the Wright Flyer is displayed at the Wright Brothers National Monument in Kill Devil Hills.
US264 west out of Manteo is certainly the "road less traveled" as it meanders past Lake Mattamuskeet and Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.
An old, weathered church near Pantego.
Bath, North Carolina is an old colonial town that time seems to have forgot.