Thursday, October 4, 2012

Outer Banks NC Days 11 - 14

We left The Washington DC area on Friday Sept 14 and traveled to the Wiliamsburg VA KOA to spend the night.  While there we visited the Wialiamsburg Winery and did a wine testing.  They have some very good wines and we stocked up some.  We departed the next morning and drove to our next destination which was the Cape Hatteras KOA, near Rodanthe NC on the Outer Banks.  We had planned to stay here last fall on our Fall 2011 trip but Hurrican Irene spoiled those palns and unfortunatly destroyed most of the campground.  They have done a lot of rebuilding and we were glad that we could visit the area this year.

Here is a picture of the campground taken from the top of the dunes.

Our RV is in the center of the picture with our blue Honda CRV in front.

It was a very windy day when we arrived.  Here is a picture of Diane on the beach

On Sunday we took a ride down Hwy 12 and then took the free NC Ferry over to Ocracoke Island.

The northern end of Ocracoke Island in distance.  Thats  another ferry coming out of the inlet.

The town itself is all the way at the southern end of the island.  From here you can catch a toll ferry that will take you across Pamlico Sound the the NC mainland.

 Ocracoke Lighthouse

On our way back we stopped at Howard's Pub for lunch.  There is a small airstrip closeby and our son, who has flown in there with friends, said you can call the pub and they will come pick you up in a golf cart and bring you to the pub.  Great food.  One of the best cheeseburgers I've ever had.
We are in line to catch the ferry back across to Hatteras Island
The channel for the ferries to navigate in is very narrow.  We were told by one of the deck hands that the sound is very shallow.  You have to know your way around.  Not much distance between the red and green channel markers.
View of Hatteras as we approach on the ferry from Ocracoke Island

We stopped to visit the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Monday was a day to relax some.  We did some shopping.  Diane wanted an OBX sticker for her car and I got a T-shirt to commerate our Hwy 12 road trip.
We also visited the Rodanthe Fishing Pier.  Next time we visit we will bring our fishing tackle.