Ocracoke Island

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My car (with Jesse inside) on the Ocracoke ferry!

The ferry ride to Ocracoke was fun, but a little hot - not as breezy as I thought it would be because of where our car was located on the ferry.  Plus the sun was BLAZING today - none of that rain nonsense from yesterday - and this evening I discovered sadly that I am sunburned.  :(  I'd say it was worth it, though.....  :)

We had fun watching the families with kids crowd up to the 'front' where all the cars were facing, only to realize that the other end of the ferry was actually the front, so then they all went piling to the 'back'.  (Once you park your car and put the emergency brake on they let you get out and walk around)  Jesse was pleased with himself for predicting such behavior.

Gulls liked to sit up there and face the wind - I liked their cute little butts. :)
.. haha.  The sea gulls were another fun thing to watch - they loved flying above the ferry and landing on the upper decks and flagpoles.  Since our car was near the back of the ferry (the REAL back end) I got to see them fly over us many times and got some pictures of their little seagull butts sitting on the poles overhead.  The ride lasted about 45 minutes total. 

After exiting the ferry in Ocracoke we stopped to see the 'wild' Ocracoke ponies - behind a fence?  I found this online after we got home:  "The descendants of Ocracoke's feral horses mare amongst flowers are pastured in a "pony pen" along N.C. Highway 12. Not much of their wild heritage is apparent today.

A ferry like ours that we passed on our way
All were born in captivity and fed hay and grain, and some are even broken to ride. Stallions are kept in separate pens, and the males not chosen for breeding are gelded. For all practical purposes, they live on a horse farm. ~http://www.ocracokeisland.com/pony_pasture.htm

So they aren't really wild, but they used to be... and they're still just as cute to look at!

Anyway, then we drove to the actual town and ended up driving through it several times trying to decide where to eat lunch since it was now that time.  We ended up deciding on *I think it was* the Pelican, off of the main street - it didn't look too crowded and it had outdoor seating in the shade.  Unfortunately #1) the outdoor area smelled like an outhouse off an on (I got used to it after a while like any smell, but still caught whiffs every now and again) and #2) there were flies everywhere.

The Ocracoke lighthouse - I love how fat it is!
  However, the service was very casual and relatively slow, which I like in an island restaurant, and the food was good -  I got a pulled pork sandwich and Jesse got a burger, both of which were delicious.  We took our time, and then headed to the beach.

I was driving at this point, and there were multiple turnoffs to beach access, so I just randomly chose one.  Bad choice.  It was soft sand (and had a sign warning of soft sand and limited towing - but only AFTER you'd already turned onto it!) and by the time I tried to turn around I had already gotten us partly stuck.  Jesse got out and tried to help and ended up with sand being sprayed ALL over him... lol!  It was NOT funny at the time, and certainly not to him (he was quite upset, needless to mention) but it seems funny now.

The beach at Ocracoke where we lounged for a few hours
  After a little while a nice guy in a big pickup stopped next to us and coached me through how to rock the car back and forth to get it out - a lesson I actually liked!  I mean, it's not like we were in any danger, and who knows when one day I might need to get another car out of soft sand in a perhaps more dangerous situation? Lol.... Jesse didn't seem to enjoy the learning opportunity, but then again he WAS the one covered in sand. (hee hee!)

Anyway, that only lasted a few minutes, and Jesse brushed himself off and we got back on our way to the beach.  I chose to turn into a PAVED parking lot across the street from the Ocracoke ponies, and we changed into our bathing suits in some nasty port-o-potties there (mine didn't even lock, but luckily no one came in).  I walked to the end of the boardwalk and took one picture of the beach (beautiful of course!), then left the camera in the trunk and enjoyed the sun and sand.

The 'wild' Ocracoke ponies - not sure exactly how wild they really are. :)
  Jesse was bored out of his mind, of course, and took to being as annoying as possible (spitting water, flicking sand, throwing pieces of shells at crabs), but the water was a tad too cold for us to go in, even with it being so hot and sunny.  I, however, enjoyed the relaxation that I got in between sand-flicking.  Someone remind me to go sunbathing with GIRLS next time!

After several hours we headed back towards the ferry, and we were glad we did!  We missed the first one - too many cars in front of us - but after waiting a little while longer, the line of cars behind us became exceedingly long!  We were thankful to have come at apparently just the right time.  And we actually got to take a nap in the car on the ferry ride home (more breezy this time!).  I always love a good nap after a day in the sun.

The view from our car while waiting to take the ferry back to Hatteras
  If you'd like more information about Ocracoke, try: http://www.ocracokeisland.com/

Tonight we ate dinner at Diamond Shoals, the same restaurant I got take-out from yesterday.  We ordered a giant fried seafood platter (cod, calamari, clams, shrimp, scallops, etc) and I consumed more hushpuppies than any human probably ever should... but it was all sooo good!  Oh and their salad bar was delicious both nights I ate it - I mean, for a salad lover/conissieur, I was quite impressed with the quality.  We definitely did not save room for dessert... lol.

Tomorrow, the drive home...  :(  but we get to stop at Kitty Hawk on the way!!!

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My car (with Jesse inside) on the …
My car (with Jesse inside) on the…
Gulls liked to sit up there and fa…
Gulls liked to sit up there and f…
A ferry like ours that we passed o…
A ferry like ours that we passed …
The Ocracoke lighthouse - I love h…
The Ocracoke lighthouse - I love …
The beach at Ocracoke where we lou…
The beach at Ocracoke where we lo…
The wild Ocracoke ponies - not s…
The 'wild' Ocracoke ponies - not …
The view from our car while waitin…
The view from our car while waiti…
Ocracoke beach near the ferry stat…
Ocracoke beach near the ferry sta…
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