We have been trying to get to Ocracoke for the past month but weather and other commitments have always foiled our attempts. But this weekend we hit the jackpot! Friday morning we left Oriental at 7:30 under clear, sunny skies with mild temps and little wind. Now we are a sailboat and we do like wind, but not the kind that blows so hard in your face that you can barely breathe. We can deal with calm- we might not be able to put up the sails, but our engine works well and pushes us along at a respectable six to seven knots. So Friday morning we untied the dock lines and headed north to one of my favorite places-Ocracoke.
Our friends, Jim and Kaye, came along for the ride. Jim had been with us on a Love Odyssey in June and had the fun of seeing the island during the height of tourist season. But Kaye had only been there in January two years ago and had experienced a very different atmosphere–a very quiet, sleepy island with all the shops shuttered for the winter months. So this time we got to enjoy the best of both seasons–shops and many restaurants were still open but the tourists were few. The temps were in the mid-70’s in the afternoon, very pleasant for long walks from one end of the town to the other (about two miles). Many of the shops had deep discounts, not because it was Black Friday, but because they planned to shut down at the end of the weekend.
Friday afternoon we enjoyed a beer on the porch at Zillie’s, a gourmet shop with over a hundred brands of brew. Saturday morning we walked to the Ocracoke Coffee Company after breakfast and enjoyed some nice java drinks while relaxing on the Adirondack’s chairs on the front lawn. I must mention that we got a lot of attention wherever we went because of our three little dogs in three strollers. Kaye and Jim have two pomeranians, Jack and Ginger, who are Suzy’s best buds.
Saturday afternoon we strolled to Howard’s Pub at the other end of town (minus dogs) and enjoyed a brew on the screened-in porch. Reluctantly this morning we left our island paradise to return to our dock in Oriental, but the weather continued to give us a spectacularly warm and mostly sunny day. Thank you, Mother Nature, for your early Christmas present!