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Oct 4, 2016 - Cape Hatteras

Yesterday we drove down to Hatteras to see the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Its black and white candy-cane stripes makes it one of the most famous and recognizable lighthouses in the world. The original lighthouse was authorized in 1794 and was completed by 1803 to protect one of the most treacherous stretches of the Outer Banks. When it became apparent that the first sandstone lighthouse was ineffective in protecting passing ships from the Diamond Shoals. The current Cape Hatteras lighthouse is the 2nd lighthouse to service Hatteras Island...

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Jun 13, 2014 - Bluegrass and Ocracoke

From Buxton, NC in the Outer Banks … June 13, 2014 Well, now we are enjoying our last day here in Buxton. : ( Tomorrow we have to check out of Spartina and return to our homes. Chris to Florida with a stopover in Myrtle Beach for a couple days, and the rest of us to Virginia. We have had a great time together this week, despite Charlie’s absence which was a big disappointment. On Wednesday, my niece and nephew, Alexis and Cheve, came down, so we’ve had fun with them the past couple of days. On Thursday we took the ferry to Ocracoke and...

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Jun 10, 2014 - Enjoying Hatteras Island

From Buxton, NC in the Outer Banks … June 10, 2014 Today was our 3rd full day here in the beautiful Outer Banks. It’s amazing how fast a week goes by. I reluctantly drove down on Saturday, leaving Charlie at home. He was very hopeful that he would feel up to making the trip in a couple of days, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. He’s getting better, but slowly. It’s been hard to be here without him. So I traveled with my sister Chara and my parents. Chara rode with me, and Mom and Dad in their car. Charlie’s sister Chris...

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Nov 30, 2013 - Snowy Owl at Cape Hatteras

From here, we took US-264 to US-64 and crossed over to the Outer Banks. Heading south on NC-12 we crossed Pea Island and on to Hatteras Island. Allie had told us that the snowy owl was last spotted in the Buxton Woods area in Cape Hatteras National Seashore near the Lighthouse so that’s where we headed. Finding the owl would be a bit like finding a needle in a haystack. A single bird among the thousands of sea gulls and other birds across miles of sandy beaches and dunes would be very tough to find. Almost immediately, we saw a deer in the...

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Jun 13, 2012 - Family Fun at the Beach

From wild and beautiful Hatteras Island, NC ... Wednesday, June 13, 2012 We arrived on Hatteras Island on Saturday afternoon. Much to our delight, this year we were able to check into our house a bit before the check in time even started. This gave us a couple more hours to get the car unpacked and our things settled into the house before the rest of our family arrived. We are staying in the house named Spartina again this year which is located on the soundfront of the Pamlico Sound. The house is immaculate and full of great amenities,...

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May 27, 2011 - Family Feasts, Kayaking & an Art Show

From beautiful Hatteras Island on the Outer Banks of NC … Thursday, May 26, 2011 On Wednesday night, we had a fun time as both houses gathered at Spartina (our house) for a pizza party. The kids shot pool and played foosball in the game room downstairs, and we all enjoyed good times on the decks while watching the sun go down over the sound. It is SO beautiful here that you can hardly believe your eyes. I called the pizza order in to a place in Hatteras Village called Rocco’s. Then Chara and Dwayne picked the pizzas up on their way back...

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May 25, 2011 - Ferry Ride to Ocracoke Island

From beautiful Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks of NC … Wednesday, May 25, 2011 This has continued to be a perfect week of vacation for us. The weather has been spectacularly warm. : ) Yesterday (Tuesday) some of us drove up to Hatteras Village and took the free ferry over to Ocracoke Island. The ferry trip takes about 45 minutes, and did I mention it’s FREE ? They are discussing the possibility of charging a toll for the ferry, but it’s no charge for now. The ride across was beautiful, and we all got out of our cars to enjoy the wind...

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May 23, 2011 - Hatteras Island, NC

From beautiful Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks of NC … Monday, May 23, 2011 We arrived on Hatteras Island Saturday afternoon. Charlie and I stopped for lunch in Avon at Atlantic Coast Café. We sat outside on a screened porch just yards from the ocean although we did not have an ocean view. If you have visited the Outer Banks before, you know that the dunes can be quite high, so sometimes you have to walk up over the dunes to see the ocean. We had a very fresh delicious lunch which was served by a most friendly staff. Charlie had an...

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Aug 18, 2010 - Surf et Phare Hatteras

Mercredi Après notre veillée d'hier soir où les ados ont fait un feu et que les grands ont chanté à la belle étoile et où nous nous sommes couchés très tard. Le levé aussi s'est fait tard. François est parti à un cours de Kite surfing. Hier après-midi, il a pris un cours d'introduction de deux heures et ce matin, c'est deux heures de cours privé où il a appris à monter une planche tirée par une gentille prof québécoise à moto marine. Cet après-midi, il y avait plus de vent, il a eu son trois heures de cours de Kite. WoW! Maxime prépare les...

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Aug 17, 2010 - Surf et tentative d'excursion à Ocracoke

Mardi Tous les ados des deux familles s'en vont au surf à Buxton, près du Light House, le plus vieux de la côte est. Je prépare les lunchs pour les gars, tandis que Bernard prépare notre départ pour Ocracoke, un île au bout de la route à laquelle on accède en traversier. Arivé là, il y a deux heures d'attentes pour traverser. On décide de laisser tomber et d'aller visiter le port et les alentours. En revenant vers Buxton, on arrête dîner des sandwichs au "crab cake". Ensuite, on rejoint la gagne à la plage. Les vagues sont moins...

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Jul 13, 2008 - Cape Hatteras And Ocracoke Island

SINCE CARRIE, DOUG AND GIRLS FLIGHT DID NOT LEAVE UNTIL MONDAY THE 14TH WE SIX DROVE DOWN TO CAPE HATTERAS AND STAYED THERE ANOTHER TWO NIGHTS. THIS PART OF THE OUTER BANKS IS NOT AS COMMERCIAL AS COROLLA. WE WENT TO THE CAPE HATTERAS LIGHT HOUSE ON SATURDAY. ALSO ON THE DRIVE DOWN WE STOPPED AT THE WRIGHT BROTHERS NATIONAL MEMORIAL. THEY HAD A BIG DISPLAY OF KITES. SUNDAY WE WENT TO MASS AT OUR LADY OF THE SEAS CHURCH. DAD AND I ATTENDED THIS CHURCH FOUR YEARS AGO WHEN THEY FIRST STARTED TO BUILD. WE CAMPED HERE AT THE NATIONAL PARK. IT...

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Jun 24, 2007 - Outer Banks, Island Hide-A-Way, NC

June 24, 2007, Outer Banks, Island Hide-A-Way Hello Everybody, Ok, now I know that because Tim and I are old, that at least some of the time, we are supposed to be smart, right? Ok, that doesn't seem to be happening near often enough lately. We don't plan very far in advance, who knows, we may want to change and do something entirely different, so we don't make reservations more than a couple of days in advance. We wanted to stay at Camp Hatteras but weren't allowed to be there until 3 days from now, (this place is normally $75 a night,...

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