Posting live from the Savannah Public Library!
Sunday (four days ago!) was all about the drive – 2 hours to the coast, and then turn south and travel North Carolina highway 12 down through the Outer Banks. Water to the left and water to the right and plenty to stop and see as we passed Corolla, Duck, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Roanoke Island, and Cape Hatteras -- all the while listening to Tom's new Flatt & Scruggs CD!
Having been to Jamestown and heard the story of the first successful and permanent British Colony, we were intrigued by the story of the Roanoke colony, which predated Jamestown by 20 years. John White established the colony with over 100 settlers, and then himself returned to England when it was evident that re-supply was desperately needed. Upon his return, the entire colony had simply disappeared and remains a mystery to this day
Today there is nothing there except some earthern-works to mark where the colony once stood.
All day to spend on a 16-mile stretch of land – leisure time at its best! Ocracoke Island is called the Pearl of the Outer Banks and is a part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Except for the village, the entire island is owned by The National Park Service. It has established ample parking along the main highway so that walking over the dunes and onto the beach is very easy.
First on the agenda was a walking tour of the village of Ocreacoke at the tip of the island. Weather cooperated with temps in the low 80’s and a nice breeze making it an enjoyable circuit for shopping and viewing historical markers.
Throughout history this island, along with the rest of the Outer Banks, has played an important part of the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, The Civil War, and WWII. Especially surprising to us was the fact that over 300 American ships were torpedoed by German U-boats right off the coast, creating what today is known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic! We actually got back on the ferry and rode back over to Cape Hatteras just to see the Graveyard Museum.
Well, this has been about as much sand, surf, and saltwater as we need, and tomorrow we turn inland and begin working the coastal Civil War sites of Charleston, SC and Savannah, Georgia.
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown