Now that August is gone (and the mad rush of the tourist season, too) Ocracokers are thinking about taking some time off. Maybe it will be next week, next month, or in the dead of winter. But thoughts are turning to visits with family and friends off-island, travels to exotic lands, sailing adventures, and even luxury cruises.
Visitors often wonder what islanders do for vacations. We seldom have opportunities to take summer holidays, of course, but we do look forward to some time away from home, just like other folks.
On a much more somber note, Ocracokers, like people all across our country, are grieving for the residents of New Orleans & the Gulf Coast. One of the best ways to help is a donation to the Red Cross. Islanders know from experience that the Red Cross provided much needed assistance after the serious hurricanes (Isabel & Alex) in 2003 & 2004.
[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.]