Saturday, November 26, 2011


Our son, Geoff, and four year old granddaughter, Sydney, were recently visiting us here on Ocracoke.
On one beautiful and warm November evening, we went to the beach, watched the sunset and built a bonfire. We were practically the only people visible up or down the beach and were soon joined by Carol and Tom Pahl and Emmett Temple (a local 11th grader). We warmed hot dogs over the fire and as it burned down to embers, we made s'mores.
Geoff shined his flashlight outside the ring of firelight and we discovered we were being watched by lots of crabs. Sydney got a real kick out of that (from a distance.)
When we got ready to pack up, Emmett, who was barefoot, waded out and brought up buckets of water to cool the embers. We covered them with a bit of sand. We had built our fire below the high tide line, so during the night, the ocean erased all signs of our being there.
Making more memories on Ocracoke.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is about the role Ocracoke played in the earliest English voyages of exploration and colonization in the New World. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous7:05 AM

    Philip, I love this "blog story". Such wonderful, simple yet impactful memories. Keep making those memories and keep sharing with your faithful bloggers. This NC Mainlander so enjoys hearing these stories.

  2. Sounds wonderful

  3. Anonymous2:25 PM

    One night my husband and I went out to watch a full moon rise and enjoy some bubbly. We were out quite a long time and I brought one of those LED cap lights that you clip on your visor. We about jumped off the blanket when we saw what seemed like 100's of glowing bluish ghost crabs completely surrounding us! It was like a total freakout and a memory we'll never forget! (hopefully) SueM