The trip is from New River, West Virginia, to Stinking Creek, Tennessee, by way of Long Key, Florida.
Oregon Inlet Campground, Outer Banks, North Carolina
I and my wife continued south off Hwy. 158 back onto Rte. 12 into the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. After a brief stop at the visitor center to insure everything was open following the hurricane, we proceeded south to Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.
We viewed several different birds.
On the way we drove over sections of the narrow two-lane blacktop that was still covered with sand washed over it by the hurricane. A ranger in the visitor center told us they had just re-opened the day before, the road had been impassable before then. We hiked all around the refuge, then left.
We crossed the road to view the ocean. There was an old shipwreck on the beach.
It was extremely windy as you can see by the surf, which made being out on the beach feel like you were being sandblasted, so we didn’t stay out there for long.
After, we continued south on Rte. 12. We stopped to watch some people windsurfing. They certainly had a good wind to do that.
We drove on to see Bodie Lighthouse.
Then it was on to Oregon Inlet Campground. We got a site where we were backed up against the dunes, which sheltered us from the wind. Notice the short grass at our site. Looks inviting to walk barefoot across, doesn’t it? My wife learned right away to keep her sandals on. This grass is filled with wicked little nettles that sting.
The location of our site made for a short easy walk up over to the beach.
The surf was too stirred-up by the just-passed hurricane and still too rough to do any more than wade.
We spent the rest of the day relaxing at our site.
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