Well, it looks like Ophelia is headed for the Outer Banks, though no one thinks this will ever be a major hurricane. In the meanwhile Ocracokers are just waiting and watching -- and enjoying the gorgeous weather and uncharactisticly quiet village.
Ocracoke is nearly shut down. Even school has been canceled. Captain Rob Temple called me just before noon, wanting to know if I cared to join him and Emmett (10 years old) and Molly ( 11 years old) clamming at Teach's Hole. We walked down to Springer's Point, then out into the shallow water. For several hours we pushed our rakes across the sound floor and netted nearly 100 clams. Emmett and Molly stayed on the shore and just "messed around" like kids are supposed to do.
Not a single person was in sight anywhere. Pamlico Sound extended for miles on one side; undeveloped Springer's Point, the National Seashore, and the South Point stretched an equal distance on the other side. Only the lantern and the tip of the lighthouse were visible beyond the trees. All was quiet and serene.
I reflected on how lucky Rob and I were, gathering our supper in one of the most beautiful spots I know. And then I thought how lucky Emmett and Molly are, growing up where they are safe & free, close to nature, and given the opportunity to spend a leisurely afternoon doing nothing more than simply exploring.
Our current monthly Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Old Toothbrush Man, published August 01, 2005. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news080105.htm.]