Walking along the beach in winter can be an exhilarating experience. Even when the temperature is mild (and it has been mild these last few days), the air can be brisk when the wind blows from offshore. Salt spray trails off the tops of breakers, sea oat stalks lean far over, and grains of sand race across the flats and pile up along the dunes.
The hardy souls who venture out to the beach when the temperature drops near freezing bundle up in warm winter coats, knit caps, and gloves. Their reward might be a pod of dolphins cavorting just beyond the breakers, or maybe a hot cup of coffee, tea, or chocolate back home in front of the fire.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke and the "Lost" Colony. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112111.htm.