One (of many) joys of living on Ocracoke is coming back home after being off the island for a while. Our recent holiday trip to Europe was a wonderful experience, full of many new experiences and adventures, to be sure.
And coming home was equally delightful. On my first stroll along the surf I was struck with how beautiful and peaceful the winter beach is. The hard-packed sand made it easy to walk near the water, or along the high tide line strewn with shells and seaweed. Hardly a soul was to be seen, but I was not alone. Just offshore, within swimming distance had I been so inclined (brrr!), was a pod of dolphins. They were swimming back and forth (searching for food, I suppose), and then I noticed some of them surfing the waves farther off shore. As I was watching, a youngster (he or she was a much lighter gray) jumped completely out of the water and dove straight down again. Once more, and the show was over.
At risk of extreme self-centeredness, I would like to think the dolphins were welcoming me home!
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the day Charles Lindbergh landed on Ocracoke. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112112.htm.