The weather yesterday wasn't the best for beach goers (it was cloudy and rainy most of the day), but earlier in the week it was just perfect...with warm summer temperatures and long stretches of empty space. The Atlantic was just right...deep rolling waves, but no rip currents or undertow, and cool enough to feel refreshing, but warm enough to want to dive in without a moment's hesitation.
September is so wonderful here that I try to get to the beach at least once a day, for soon enough the north winds will blow across our island, and I don't want to be huddling around the gas log stove regretting so many missed opportunities for enjoying the best beach in America.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a reprint of an article Philip wrote about sailing aboard the historic two-masted schooner, Mary E. It was originally published in the Washington Post in 1976. You can read it here: