we spent most of day three on the beach collecting seashells before hopping on the ferry to ocracoke, another barrier island on the outer banks. as a ferry boat veteran, i was rather impressed by the 30-car, 45-minute free ride to the island. once you make land, it is about a 13-mile drive, sandy coasts on both sides, before you arrive at a string of little restaurants and shops. we settled on dajio, a little seafood spot where we sat outside under strings of lights, drank local beers, and i enjoyed my first (ever!) oysters and clams before a delicious greek salad.
we obviously had to squeeze in a last sunset, too. unbeatable ’round those parts.