12 – 14 September 2015
Ocracoke Island to Atlantic Beach, NC
Saturday morning, still on Ocracoke, we had a delicious breakfast at Dajio, along with a bus tour of older folks (mostly women) who we ended up seeing for most of the rest of the day. After breakfast, it was time to board the ferry (our second crossing with no incidents, thank you very much!) headed for Cedar Island and points beyond. This trip took about 2.25 hours to go 23 miles across the Pamlico Sound. Kim read her book and I colored in my new coloring book, and we sat outside on the stern deck until it started spitting a little rain.
It was raining in earnest by the time we reached shore, so we headed for Beaufort, right behind our bus tour friends. Thankfully, we made it to Finz and downtown Beaufort before they did, somehow. Since the rain stopped, we had a breezy lunch outside where we could watch the comings and goings on the river. After lunch, we walked around a bit and then visited the Maritime Museum, where there is quite an extensive collection of Blackbeard the pirate’s history. The shipwrecked Queen Anne’s Revenge has been recently found nearby, and lots of very cool artifacts were on display.
Once we’d seen enough, we took off for Atlantic Beach and got settled in our luxury (no kidding!) accommodations thanks to dear friends Diane and Louis. Thanks, y’all!! We settled in and watched some football, and just when we thought it was safe to go out (and have Tennessee keep the lead they had built), we went to Amos Mosquito for a late supper. Alas, we should have stayed home longer, and my alma mater managed to snatch defeat straight from the jaws of victory. Ugh.
Sunday morning was gorgeous! We went to Cox Family Restaurant for breakfast, and then Kim went to the beach while I played a little catch up and worked all afternoon. I didn’t even watch football!! We had dinner at Island Grille and I did laundry and we managed to get repacked and back in order. It was such a relaxing weekend and nice to just stay in one place for a bit and enjoy the days!
Monday we were up bright and early to load the car and then meet Captain Jess of Crystal Coast Ecotours for a boat trip out to Shackleford Island and Cape Lookout. We had a fruitless search for a nice place for breakfast and in desperation found ourselves at Dunkin’ Doughnuts just in the nick of time. By 9 AM we were on a boat on the MOST BEAUTIFUL early fall day – the air was slightly crisp and the sky was a gorgeous blue with not a cloud showing. The sun was out and the sound was like a lake – the perfect day for a boat ride!