Sunday, August 19, 2012

To New Bern...and Beyond

Lou Ann and I caught the first ferry Thursday morning to Cedar Island. Our destination was the airport at New Bern, North Carolina. Lou Ann had commitments back in Indiana -- stories to tell, college students to enlighten, family to see. The drive from Cedar Island to New Bern took us close to Harker's Island. We had plenty of extra time, so we decided to make a side trip. Harker's Island is a delightful small town -- neatly kept yards, white picket fences, modest homes with gables and lace curtains at the windows.

Of course, there were also boats -- traditional wooden skiffs, newer fiberglass skimmers, and trawlers. We stopped at the harbor to make some photos. Lou Ann struck up a conversation with several fishermen, and with Oliver Lewis, the skipper of the Capt. O.C., an old wooden trawler. The Capt. O.C. had recently returned to port with a load of fresh shrimp.

Lou Ann's video tells the story best. Click here,, to see a photo of the skipper, take a look at the Capt. O.C., and listen as Oliver Lewis chats with Lou Ann.

Sad to say, but Lou Ann will be away from Ocracoke for a while (those mid-western college students need to learn about Charles Dickens and how to speak in public), so when you check her blog in the coming weeks you will discover, not videos of shrimpers, sailboats, and lighthouses, but images of corn fields, farmer's markets, and gardens.

It has been great having Lou Ann on the island (leading ghost walks, opening the lighthouse for visitors, chatting with neighbors on their pizers, performing in the Opry, and being a wonderful friend and companion)...and she will be back. Leave a comment and let Lou Ann know you join me in encouraging her speedy return to Ocracoke.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Hurricane House and the Hurricane Boards. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous9:35 AM

    Lou Ann certainly adds to the Ocracoke mix. Hurry back....we miss you already. The fun factor is always enriched when you are here. So profess to those students - then come on home. Jude

  2. Anonymous11:18 AM

    If you have never been have never been loved.

  3. Anonymous7:23 PM

    Welcome back to Indiana, Lou Ann. It is always nice to read a fellow Hoosier's take on life on Ocracoke.

  4. Jack and Toni Walls8:53 AM

    Can't wait for your return to Ocracoke Lou Ann. My husband and I enjoy your blog and videos on the island we love so much.

  5. Anonymous10:26 AM

    On the subject of New Bern, in the book The Pat Conroy Cookbook, Recipes of my Life, chapter three is titled New Bern. What a beautiful charming essay about a city and a time in his childhood he holds dear to his heart. He calls the city magical, I do so want to go and visit.

  6. Anonymous10:31 AM

    To your readers, I just googled Pat Conroy chapter three New Bern --and the section magically appeared on my computer screen (results of a search) It is a must read