Sunday, July 12, 2009


This is a good day to curl up with a good book. I think it's going to be a tad warmer than yesterday, but it's only in the upper 70s right now. And the sky is overcast. Weekends (contrary to what many people think) are the slowest days on Ocracoke. Saturdays and Sundays are change-over days for most cottages, both here and farther up the Banks. So the village is generally quieter on weekends. Sundays are good days for islanders to relax a little, maybe go to the beach, bike around the village, sit a spell on the Community Store porch, or just stay home and read. I might do it all!

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the second half of my father's short journal. I call it Remembering Growing up on Ocracoke. You can read it here.


  1. Anonymous2:34 PM

    Two questions (more or less) for your consideraton, Philip, if you please:
    -Yesterday's post mentions the island's new radio station. Can you provide any additional information about the station? This is the first I recall hearing of it. I'd be curious to know what type of music it plays, and whether it has a Web site/can be heard live via the Internet.
    -My second quesiton relates to your Beach Day entry from several days ago. You mentioned how a drop-off created a big pool just beyond the water's edge. Can you speak to the changing nature of the lifeguarded beach (and all beaches, I presume) from your own experience, based on current, weather, etc? I know that communities in some Great Lakes/ocean towns literally "groom" areas along their shorelines, to create people-friendly beaches. I don't presume there's any such effort on Ocracoke, or specifically at the lifeguarded beach, but I wonder whether it "naturally" tends to be a people-friendly spot on the island or, if not, just how varied conditions can get.
    Thanks, as always, for sharing your islander insights with us wannabes.

  2. Anonymous3:12 PM

    hmm was it a drop off or a shallow sand bar i would think a sand bar created the pool like effect --ever changing. i grew up in Miami and on the weekends we would rise early and go to the beach. before the winds picked up and at low tide the water was as calm and smooth as glass. Oh yes those are memories i treasure sand between the toes and in the suit actually the "sand" is tiny crushed shells and I guess salt but really crushed shells it was not a sugar sand like some beaches very different. I understand Hawaii has black sand from the lava rocks or something-- and maybe we would stop at the market on the way home-- the the little hole in the wall type of market to get a soda and some peanuts. yes a soda was a treat not an everyday beverage as some people drink them from the vending machine

  3. Tomorrow's post will address the question about the radio station, and the question about our beach. I hope it answers your questions.

  4. To the Miami story, that was a very sweet memory.