Sunday, January 20, 2013
On Friday afternoon Amy, David, Lachlan and I made an excursion to Old Hammock, a wooded area just north of the NPS campground. A narrow footpath meanders among the live oaks and other vegetation, all the way to the edge of the marsh. Looking across the marsh and into Pamlico Sound we could see a fairly large hunting blind. Shortly afterwards we heard the sound of duck hunters' shotguns firing.
Back among the trees we approached one of the largest live oaks on the island, Old Hammock Oak (http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news122908.htm). Its huge low hanging branches were just "made" for a young boy to climb!
After some time enjoying this majestic tree we walked across the highway to explore a series of old dunes now covered with yaupons, bay trees, oaks, and pines. We pushed through brambles, vines, twigs, rotting trunks, and low branches, up to the edge of a shallow wetland. We were exploring a part of Ocracoke seldom experienced by most visitors (and many islanders).
It was time to make our way back after an afternoon immersed in nature.
Driving down Highway 12 Amy noticed several tiny black critters crawling on her pants. They were arachnids of the order Ixodida, animals commonly known as ticks. We weren't surprised, but as soon as we arrived back home we examined ourselves closely, headed to the showers, and tossed our clothes in the washer.
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.