Lou Ann and I joined a few friends yesterday for a "field trip" to the mainland. Our destination was the museum at Belhaven (a must stop for anyone who has never seen this dusty collection, which includes a two-headed fetal pig, an aluminum electric drill that was in use when the workman was electrocuted, two dressed fleas (with magnifying glass), a ten pound preserved-in-fluid tumor, and much more).
We made a day of it and also visited Bath (a sleepy little village with the oldest church in NC, and famous around these parts as the home of Blackbeard), Sladesville (which also has a charming old Episcopal church, and great acoustics), and Germantown (I think we counted four houses there). Among other activities, we stopped at The Store (it had no other name) for gas and snacks, sat by the water and enjoyed several minutes of peace and quiet, and bought a crab pot.
The view from the ferry on the ride back home was spectacular as we neared the island. Cottonball clouds, penetrating sunbeams, and sparkling water combined to turn the scene into a picture-perfect opportunity for everyone on board. It was a good day, and we were happy to be coming home to Ocracoke.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Lou Ann's account of installing an old-fashioned pitcher pump. You can read it here.