American Locations 15 – From Hatteras to Ocracoke, Outer Banks

The trip is from New River, West Virginia, to Stinking Creek, Tennessee, by way of Long Key, Florida.

Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands, Outer Banks, North Carolina

 

This morning we pulled out of Frisco Campground and drove into Hatteras.

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We parked our motor home in line for the ferry.

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My wife was content to wait in the motor home, but I got out and walked around. I watched a Coast Guard ship pull in.

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I checked out the beach. Notice the warning on the left about rip currents.

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When it was time it was back to the ferry dock.

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When the ferry arrived we squeezed our motor home on board. Notice I folded the side mirrors in. It was a tight fit.

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Since it was going to be such a short trip we got out of our motor home and sat out on deck. We watched the scenery go by en route to Ocracoke Island. Such as a beach full of seagulls.

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An SUV driving on the beach.

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A ferry heading the other way.

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Some people fishing on the very tip of the island.

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Our wake.

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Our first glimpse of Ocracoke Island.

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A spit of sand loaded with birds.

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Arriving at Ocracoke Island.

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And into the harbor.

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Once docked, it didn’t take long to drive off the ferry onto Ocracoke Island.

 

Next Location – Ocracoke Campground, Outer Banks

American Locations 14- Frisco Campground, Outer Banks

The trip is from New River, West Virginia, to Stinking Creek, Tennessee, by way of Long Key, Florida.

Frisco Campground, Outer Banks, North Carolina

 

When we left Cape Point Campground we decided to check out the ferry we would take to proceed on to Ocracoke Island. To get there we had to drive through three more seaside town – Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras.

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We drove to the very end of the road on Hatteras Island.

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From where we saw a ferry coming in to dock.

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We stopped by the ferry station to get the schedule, then drove to Frisco Campground. We got a site on a hilltop that gave a view out over the ocean.

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It is a long trek from the top of the hill to the beach.

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Looking back, you can see our motor home perched on the hilltop. You can also see a mound of crushed shells on the left ready to be spread out on the campground lanes.

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People can drive down onto the beach here, too, with the permit.

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That evening I & my wife took a stroll on the beach.

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As you can tell, the surf was still agitated. Besides the big waves there are vicious hidden rip currents that can pull you out to sea. So it is best to not venture too far out into the ocean after a hurricane until the water settles down. We only stayed one night at Frisco, after having spent two nights in both Oregon Inlet and Cape Point.

 

Next Location – Ocracoke Campground, Outer Banks

 

 

 

 

American Locations 13- Cape Point Campground, Outer Banks

The trip is from New River, West Virginia, to Stinking Creek, Tennessee, by way of Long Key, Florida.

Cape Point Campground, Outer Banks, North Carolina

 

The next morning we drove south on Rte. 12 across the Bonner Bridge (no relation to those unfortunate pioneers in Oregon, I presume) off Bodie Island onto Hatteras Island. We left the national seashore to pass through the little towns of Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo, then back into the national seashore. It was back out of the park to pass through the town of Avon, then back into the National Seashore and on to Hatteras Lighthouse.

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Then it was on to nearby Cape Point Campground.

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The National Park Service operates four campgrounds on the Outer Banks, and we decided to stay at all of them. Oregon Inlet had been crowded, but Cape Point was nearly empty. Many of the roads in the park are paved with crushed clam shells. That make a good solid base to drive on. They were working on the roads while we were there, which meant they had huge mounds of shells which hadn’t been crushed yet. What a stink. Crushed and dried and spread out on the roads it wasn’t even noticeable, but piled up in twenty-foot mounds they were quite fragrant.

Cape Point is the largest of the four, merely a huge open field and a short walk from the beach. And what a beach. It was beautiful. Totally deserted. And the hurricane had washed up a lot of shells. I found some huge perfectly-formed spiral shells that are now sitting on the window ledge in my office.

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There are many sandy four-wheel accesses to the beach. But it is very expensive to drive on them, I believe the annual fee was $400, I’m not sure. But they were free to walk, so I set off one afternoon on one to see where it led.

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It led through wetlands.

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And provided a good sunning spot.

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Eventually it led to the beach.

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Where people were fishing.

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There was a lot of music blaring, too. Some people could care less about fishing, they were there for the party.

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I planted my butt in the sand for a while to rest. The sand on the road was very loose and deep, which made walking difficult. Rested, I headed back.

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Those footsteps are mine, the ones I’d made walking in. I kept a close look-out for that snake, but he must have gotten enough sun because he was gone.

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I saw some more wind surfers over top of the sea oats.

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By the time I got back I was worn out. That night as I sat out after dark I watched nearby Hatteras Lighthouse flash and reflect off the side of our motor home and the few other RV’s camped here. A hypnotic effect that was an enjoyable end to another enjoyable day.

 

Next Location – Frisco Campground, Outer Banks

 

 

 

American Locations 12- Oregon Inlet Campground, Outer Banks 2

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

 

The next morning I rose very early, filled my travel cup with coffee, grabbed my chair, and crossed the dunes to enjoy a great sunrise.

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Eventually, other people joined me.

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And some critters.

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Later that day we walked across to the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center.

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From which we had a good view of Bodie Lighthouse.

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It was a relaxing day not having to drive at all.

 

Next Location – Cape Point Campground, Outer Banks