First Time in Ocracoke

Sunday we went to Ocracoke Island which is a small town with lots of cool shops and restaurants.  The only downside is we had to take a ferry which in off-season only runs on the hour one way and the half hour the other way.  I have never been on a ferry with cars…was always a little scared to be honest but it was the only way to get there so we piled into three cars and left at 8am on Sunday morning.  Going out wasn’t so bad.  The small ferry we were on wasn’t full of cars and you can go on the observation deck and get some cool pictures.  We had a nice day walking the town and eating lunch, but coming back there were tons of cars waiting for the 3:30pm ferry and we actually had to wait an entire hour for the next one to come.  Not only did we have to wait, but Lee and I in the trailing car were second to last on the boat and up until the last-minute I was convinced we weren’t going to make it.  So, I do recommend seeing it at least once, but if you can go during the week I would and give yourself extra time to get back.  The waiting area is along the shore so you can walk the beach a bit, but an hour wait in the hot sun is obviously not optimal.  Other than that though was a great day and I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

 

The first mammal I have seen on the island. We stopped on the side of the road and took some pictures

The first mammal I have seen on the island. We stopped on the side of the road and took some pictures

The gang waiting on the ferry

The gang waiting for the ferry

The loading area for the ferry

The loading area for the ferry

 

 

 

 

 

 

We realized all the couples were color coordinated except for us and Guy and Sue...so we switched partners for the pics

We realized all the couples were color coordinated except for us and Guy and Sue…so we switched partners for the pics

Beautiful houses along the shore

Beautiful houses along the shore

View from the ferry

View from the ferry

Ferry

Ferry

Ferry we passed coming the other way

Ferry we passed coming the other way

 

 

We stopped and saw some "wild" ponies. They are descendants of the original wild beach horses

We stopped and saw some “wild” ponies. They are descendants of the original wild beach horses

Beautiful views

Beautiful views

Cori found this bunny on a path near the horses

Cori found this bunny on a path near the horses

He posed for us

He posed for us

Nature scultpure

Nature sculpture

Craig was talking to the woman in the wheelchair so didn't wave. He's a sweetie like that

Craig was talking to the woman in the wheelchair so didn’t wave. He’s a sweetie like that

 

Our lunch place on the water

Our lunch place on the water

View from the restaurant

View from the restaurant

 

Sue and I loved this little pig statue but it doesn't do two things

Sue and I loved this little pig statue but it doesn’t do two things

Lovely little cottage on the harbor

Lovely little cottage on the harbor

 

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Lots of little houses/shops like this

Lots of little houses/shops like this

The Ocracoke lighthouse

The Ocracoke lighthouse

Loved this twisty tree

Loved this twisty tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proof that we were the second to last car that got on the ferry back

Proof that we were the second to last car that got on the ferry

This Class A took the ride...they really know how to park the cars to get the most on the ferry

This Class A took the ride…they really know how to park the cars to get the most on the ferry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So it was a lovely day and we had a very nice week.  On a side note, I think I like this communal living.  The other day Kelly made the guys breakfast, I walked Cori’s dog, and Cori made lunch.  The saying “many hands make light work” does apply to some extent with a large group of people and it elevates the more mundane chores to something fun when you can do it with your friends. We had several group dinners including  Monday’s “grill your own” night which ended with us all watching the Full Flower Moon rise.  I have never seen a moonrise before and it was so beautiful.  Truly the picture does not do it justice and if you ever have a chance to watch one on the ocean I highly recommend it.  Tuesday was Cinco De Mayo and Greg fixed three kinds of tacos with Bill providing margaritas.

As Bill says, "Moonrise is underrated"

As Bill says, “Moonrise is underrated”

Guy pulled out some 20 year port. Bill our bartender approved

Guy pulled out some 20 year port and Bill our bartender approved

A man and his dog

A man and his dog

 

Wednesday night I needed a break!! I definitely need to work on my stamina as some folks are putting me to shame.  Lee and I ate pot pies, stayed in and watched some TV.  Thursday night was date night and the couples were spending some quality time.  Some went to dinner alone, others paired up.  We went to Jockey Ridge State Park which is a MUST DO in this area.  Totally free you walk up a very long sand dune (takes about 20 minutes so give yourself ample time) and watched an amazing sunset.  So far in this lifestyle all of my favorite things have cost $10 or less and this was right up there with my all time favorites.

The dunes walking up to the ridge

The dunes walking up to the ridge

Lee in the expanse. He felt like Lawrence of Arabia

Lee in the expanse. He felt like Lawrence of Arabia

It is a steep climb up the hill so where the right shoes. My dinner sandals were not the best pick

It is a steep climb up the hill so wear the right shoes. My dinner sandals were not the best pick

Beautiful views along the way

Beautiful views along the way

Sometimes I am amazed this is my life

Sometimes I am amazed this is my life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little smooching on the dune.

A little smooching on the dune.

 

Ready

Ready

Set

Set

Go

Go

 

 

 

 

 

 

The clouds were so cool and this is not color enhanced

The clouds were so cool and this is not color enhanced

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think everyone missed each other, though we ended up all meeting up at a local Karaoke bar.   I had mentioned on Tuesday  Lee has a wonderful voice and can sing Sinatra so Cori (the rabble rouser) organized the whole group (via text) to meet up at the karaoke bar and talked Lee into singing.  I used to be terrified of singing in public and have never ever done it at a bar, but Kelly wanted to sing and since she conquered her fears at the Adventure Course with me I thought it was the least I could do for her.  Turns out it was a ton of fun.  I wasn’t nervous at all with Kelly standing there, and I was even totally sober!!  As the evening wore on though things got a little on the rough side.  Lots of locals hang out here and there were many hard-working fisherman singing.  At first it was fun, but when one guy changed the lyrics of the song to, “All you tourists, we will kick your ass” we all decided it might be a good time to leave.  I get it, these folks live here and people come in and act like they own the place, but we were just trying to have a good time.  Anyway, I absolutely recommend singing in a karaoke bar, just not this particular one.

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Lee and Kelly looking over the song list

Lee and Kelly looking over the song list

Craig and Guy

Craig and Guy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lee singing "Summer Wind" by the Chairman of the Board

Lee singing “Summer Wind” by the Chairman of the Board

 

And yes here’s the video of Kelly and I singing.  Quality is not great but you can tell we were having a really good time.  Need to stop for now as we have another big weekend planned.  Who knew I would have so much to blog about!!

 

 

Day 4 of the Black and White Photo Challenge

I was challenged to take black and white photo’s for  5 consecutive blog posts for the Black and White Photo challenge.  I would like to nominate Kelly Murray to participate in the challenge.   This week’s picture was taken on the island of Ocracoke.  It was a tough choice but these statues remind me of my mother-in-law’s garden and I love how the boats in the background are slightly blurred.

Winner Day 4

Winner Day 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recipe

Satay Pork

This was such a pleasant surprise.  Easy to make and absolutely delicious.  Several people tried it and really liked it. 

  • 3# boneless pork cut into strips
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 TBL chopped peanuts
  • 1 TBL Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 TBL chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic; crushed
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp curry powder
  • Skewers
  1. Combine all ingredients except chicken; blend well
  2. Marinate pork for 1-2 hours; stir occasionally
  3. Drain pork; reserve marinade
  4. Thread pork onto skewers in a S pattern
  5. Grill kabobs on an uncovered grill for 5-6 minutes turning frequently and marinating often
  6. Serve
Satay Pork

Satay Pork

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “First Time in Ocracoke

  1. Love the sunset and moonrise pictures! The Ocracoke Island pictures are great too, the rabbit, deer horses…..very cool!

  2. I understand about the ferry. I have been on 2, one as a child to cross a smaller lake in MI to the island and the other when relocating and taking what looked like a shortcut across the Mississippi River and turned out to be a sort of dead end where an old man had a rickety barge so van loaded with stuff and not wanting to turn around, we crossed praying the whole time. I still cannot believe we made it. Thank goodness for planning on the computer now!

    Looks like a very interesting and beautiful place to visit.

  3. Tracy, you nailed it with the comment ” Sometimes I am amazed this is my life”. Diana and I feel the same sentiment. That just sums it up in one simple sentence. We are so fortunate! Thanks for sharing that.

    Jim

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