Thursday, July 27, 2006


Yesterday a reader asked, "is the " 'weren't even any bugs' report something that's in any way predictable down there?"

Well, first of all, this has been the near perfect, bug-free summer (so far). Of course there is the occassional skeeter at dusk and the horsefly now and again on the beach (by the way, today was the near perfect beach day -- warm & sunny with gently rolling waves big enough to play in). But no swarms of biting insects, like we sometimes have. I suppose the conditions have been just right, especially the paucity of any significant rain these last several weeks.

So, I'd say there is no real prediction possible, though a wet season typically brings on the bugs. But it's difficult to see what's coming more than a week or so in the future, and even then we're often wrong. I'd say just come on down and hope for the best. Even when the bugs are bad, you're still on Ocracoke!

You can read our latest newsletter here. It's about Ocracoke Islanders and "tokens of death."


  1. Anonymous6:32 PM

    ahhh I hate horseflies! During my two weeks in Buxton this summer I became a horsefly killing machine!

    p.s. The highlight of my family's trip this year was the ghost walk with you and Lou Ann =)

    - a Pittsburgher!

  2. Anonymous11:00 PM

    We got to the island around 5:30 pm for a late day visit. The first news I heard was the idiot who drove his Harley in the sand and got it stuck. The other news was the old guy walking around stark naked. Sorry I missed both! Unfortunately the electric was out and I missed going to the Village Craftsman. It's been 4 years I've been waiting to come back and visit this exquisite shop and the damn electric goes out! We saw a few things and left the island. Next time :( I love my genie lamp I got from there the first time I visited and use it. Especially on a wintery snowy night. Yes I am from snow country - over Pgh way too but in the mountains - Johnstown aka floodcity. When will they ever forget the flood?!

    Party on dudes