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.
on our first morning in hatteras, after a healthy serving of pancakes and coffee at the bed and breakfast, we made our way down to the shore for a long walk. an early afternoon rainstorm booted us from the beach, so we took this opportunity to have a nap and a shower before climbing the cape hatteras lighthouse and visiting the museum (it has an incredible story which you can read about here).
post-dinner on the pier and pre-turning in, we found some high ground on the marshy bay side where we could enjoy the sunset. truly a sight to behold.
matt and i were lucky enough to sneak away to the outer banks for an extended weekend this week, a combination celebration of his birthday and congress breaking for the august recess. after a menacing, traffic-ridden drive down on saturday afternoon, we checked into the (lovely) seaside inn on hatteras island and bolted immediately for the sand with a cheap bottle of wine and our chairs. here are a few shots from our first day; more to come!
p.s. thank you to matt for being patient with my clicking! anyone close to me can tell you that i am a slow mover when my camera is in hand, and that i become a bit of a paparazzi-freak, too.