Ocracoke Travel Blog› entry 3 of 4 › view all entries
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.
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 are pastured in a "pony pen" along N.C. Highway 12. Not much of their wild heritage is apparent today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!