We recently had this comment about our June 21 post:
"Your entry back on June 21 about cavorting au naturel on the beach piqued my curiosity about that subject. I've heard casual references to Ocracoke's "nude beach," but I have a sense those comments, made by resident entrepreneurs, may have tended more toward the realm of local color than reality. While there certainly are MILES of wide open beaches where one might fully (yet discreetly) commune with nature, I've not yet encountered any place along Ocracoke's shores that might suggest a more organized approach to this activity. But maybe I've just not been looking closely enough. Would you mind shedding a little insider's light on the subject/mythology of this topic, as well as any tips or guidance you might be able to offer? Cheers!"
Well, well, well. A casual comment sure has sparked a little interest! As you might imagine Ocracoke has long been a place where some folks have enjoyed swimming au naturel. As our reader notes, there are miles of undeveloped beach on the island. Years ago (before paved roads and ferry service), of course, one could spend an entire day at the beach and never see another soul. Things are different today. And the National Park Service is committed to keeping our beaches "family friendly." That's not to say that it is impossible to find a secluded spot. But there is no "organized approach to his activity."
And a clarification about our earlier post -- "dancing in the moonlight & starlight" on the solstice is not "an old island traditon," as I wrote. I was just having a little fun imagining that senario. As for the term "cavorting," whatever could that mean?
PS: Phyllis (that's Lou Ann's mother), if you are reading this while enjoying your morning coffee, please know that we are having fun this summer, but not too much fun!
You can read our latest newsletter here. It's about Ocraocke Islanders and "tokens of death."