One thing that residents of Ocracoke and visitors alike learn to deal with is our dependency on the ferries. Those of us who live here depend on them to take us to dentists and doctors and movies and super markets, not to mention Interstate highways and airports and our families who live "off". And of course visitors depend on them to get here.
We wake up each day trusting that they will be there are us, and most days they are. But a strong wind, say 40 miles an hour and above, will stop them. Dense fog will stop them. There are days when the mail doesn't get on or off the island and neither do we.
One day this past week, I noticed how little traffic there was on the street. Eventually the word got around that a sailboat had run aground in the Hattaras Inlet. The ferry service shut down for a large part of the day until the Coast Guard could clear the way.
Just an example of living with ferries.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an article written by Marvin Howard in 1954. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news102111.htm.