We rode our bikes (Lachlan has a "trailer bike" attached to my bike) down to Springer's Point yesterday after lunch. We had no sooner parked our bikes when he got out his camera, and pointed out what a beautiful fall day it was. "Not too hot, and not too cold," he said, as he snapped his first picture.
The water was a bit chilly, so we just used the time to explore the nature preserve. We were hoping to see a Carolina Water Snake, but no luck. We talked about the trees (live oaks, wax myrtles, yaupons, and cedars), looked under rotten logs for bugs, and climbed on dead trees and low, drooping branches of the sturdy live oaks.
Lachlan also had his binoculars. We looked at birds perched in the trees, and were able to make out the church steeple on Portsmouth Island, across the inlet.
After almost two hours of exploring we rode back to the Slushie Stand for a treat -- a yummy vanilla milk shake.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a small photo album with historic pictures, including the aftermath of the 1944 hurricane, the 1921 Ghost Ship of the Outer Banks, the 1935 wreck of the Nomis, the Island Inn, the Methodist Church, and the Wahab Village Hotel. I've added a short paragraph under each photo to help put them in historical perspective. You can see the pictures by clicking here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082609.htm.