When I was a child my father taught me a few basic knots -- square knot, half hitch, clove hitch, sheet bend, and bowline. He also showed me how to splice rope and make a rope boat fender (though I never mastered those skills).
This morning Lachlan and I will be spending some time together. I'm hoping I'll be able to teach him to make a bowline. I don't know what makes me think I can do this. He can't even tie his shoes yet!
I found this web site that explains how to tie a bowline: http://www.apparent-wind.com/knots/bowline/ in case any of our readers are interested. The bowline is one of the most versatile knots ever created.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a history of paved roads on Ocracoke. It may not sound very exciting, but there have been dramatic changes on the island because of the construction of paved roads a half century ago. You can read the newsletter, and see some rare photos here.
To read about Philip's new book, Digging up Uncle Evans, History, Ghost Tales, & Stories from Ocracoke Island, please click here.