More than 50 years ago my Uncle Marvin wrote an article about Ocracoke entitled "Fall, Glorious Fall" where he reveled in the thought of cooler temperatures, low humidity, and the abundance of fish and fowl on the Outer Banks.
I awoke this morning to a cool breeze. Fall is definitely in the air. The temperature is only in the mid 60s as I write. I thought of Uncle Marvin, native islander, sea captain, community leader, and master of Ocracoke's mounted boy scout troop in the 1950s. In spite of little formal education, he was well read and an astute student of life. He occasionally shared his thoughts in well written articles he had published in area newspapers.
At the first hint of fall on Ocracoke I always think of Uncle Marvin.
I searched for his article early this morning, but could not locate it. I know it is somewhere in my stacks of island papers. When I find it I'll share a few quotations.
In the meanwhile, our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a history of the marine hospital on Portsmouth Island. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082111.htm.