Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Blackbeard!

This story is of particular interest to me.

Ocracoke Island is part of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and I have been vacationing there for about 25 years now. I have lots of good friends there and if you like real beaches, it's the place for you.

Unlike Nags Head, there is limited development due to the fact that it is an island of which only a small portion is inhabitable.

Nags Head is very hoppin', with lots of people and traffic.

Ocracoke is pretty isolated, and you don't want to go there without a 4WD.
The beach is driveable and huge, and you cannot see one building from most of the beach. Once you get to Southpoint, you can see Ocracoke Village as it wraps around Silver Lake.

The story goes that Blackbeard was captured there in Silver Lake. There is a museum on the island, and of course every freakin' tourist momento pertaining to Blackbeard you could think of. I bought some posters for my nephews once. Of course they argued over who got what poster but in the end it worked out...kids.

July 4th on the island is awesome. It's one big family party the whole day with monster fireworks in the end. A couple of the highlites of the day are the parade and the show put on by a Blackbeard impersonator.

I had the fortune of swilling some booze and sucking down some oysters with this man and his lovely wife right after one of his shows.
Fascinating dude and he totally looked the part. Knew his stuff too.

If you do decide to go, this is the place to stay. My buddy and his family own and operate this inn, and if you are a fisherman, then this is the guy you want to fish with. Extraordinarily knowledgable in the area, and almost always guaranteed to catch something, Norman Miller is the man. Caught my first Red Drum on the Rascal during a blues blitz. It was AWESOME!

Anyhow, if you like seclusion, pirate stories and big beautiful beach, Okie is the place for you.

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Blogger Dr. C speaks!

Went there 30 years ago with my then girl friend. Was as described. Better enjoy it now, I am sure it has been targeted by Target.

9:27 AM  

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