A reader recently asked, "Were you a member of Ocracoke's legendary horseback-mounted Boy Scout troop?"
Sad to say, I was not. I was the right age, but unfortunately my father had moved off the island, and I did not live on Ocracoke year 'round. My father's older brother, my Uncle Marvin, was the scout leader and it was his idea to organize the mounted troop.
Marvin was such a wonderful man, and an extremely positive influence on island teenagers. I believe it 's fair to say that all of the scouts in his troop thought the world of him.
However, even if I weren't a mounted scout I did ride the ponies now and again when I was on the island. I would never claim to have been very accomplished, but the photo below at least verifies my comment. It was taken about 1958 in my grandparents' yard on what is now called Lawton Lane.
You can read our latest newsletter here. It's about Ocracoke Islanders and "tokens of death.".