No trip to the Outer Banks is complete without a trip on the free ferry to Ocracoke Island. We made our first trip to Ocracoke about 20 years ago and then again in 2011, and when we stopped back this past May we remembered how everything seemed to have changed except the ferry ride…
…and the Ocracoke Lighthouse:
We stopped at the Jolly Roger restaurant where we’d had such a great meal on our last visit but the server had been doing drugs or something — couldn’t answer simple questions with more than a gaping, idiotic grin — so we got up and left. On our way out, I heard him say to another server, “Well, lost another one.”
When we stopped for coffee at another place, we learned the Jolly Roger had been bought by new absent owners. Those owners obviously don’t know what they’re missing by not being on the island! The coffee shop owner had some recommendations, so on down the street we walked.
The Ocracoke Oyster Company served up some delicious flounder, and the signs on the walls gave us something to read while we waited for it:
The mood of the island seemed off, and we were disappointed so many of the unique shops had vanished. Galleries were closed — replaced by surf shops in some cases.
We wandered the back streets, glad to catch glimpses of the odd thing here or there that someone’s property unique. Creep up to this front door after dark and you’ll probably get the bejeezes scared out of you by this guy:
It was a stunning day for a walk…
…even the harbor was quiet:
Back in line for the ferry, we couldn’t help noticing this woman (with OBX plates — so she should have known better) feeding the Laughing Gulls:
What’s the harm in that, you ask?
Well, as she was horrified herself to find out, the birds were so preoccupied with fighting each other for the food she was handing out that when the line started, one was run over.
Don’t feed wildlife, folks. Ever.