Monday, January 06, 2014

We're Back!

We hope all of our readers had a joyous holiday season...and that 2014 will be the best year ever. It is good to be back sharing news of Ocracoke Island.

Lou Ann was on the island from Christmas Eve until just a couple of days ago. We enjoyed Christmas festivities, visits with family & friends, a boat trip to Portsmouth Island, and daily excursions to the beach. One highlight of the last week was the arrival of a beautiful snowy owl on the island. You can see one of Peter Vankevich's spectacular photos of this rare visitor on our January 1 Facebook page.

Peter also sent me a photo of a Peregrine Falcon that was spotted on Ocracoke:

We will be here again tomorrow with more news, stories, and photos of life on Ocracoke, so come back often.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a 1921 letter written by a former slave, Harrison Williams, to Ocracoke native, Martha Ann Howard Wahab. You can read it here:


  1. Debbie Leonard6:15 AM

    Welcome back! It was nice to see you and Lou Ann at the Waterman's building on the 28th.

  2. It's good to have you back :-)

  3. Good to have you back. Hope to get to the island at least twice in 2014.

  4. Anonymous9:06 AM

    You were missed.
    I don't usually have my morning coffee alone. Looking forward to another wonderful year with the journal.

  5. Anonymous11:12 AM

    Snowy Owl you say. I wonder if the arctic vortex has sent them this far south. I hope you get to see one.

    1. Oh, I did see one. Take a look at the Village Craftsmen Facebook page -- posts for December 31 & January 1.

  6. Anonymous2:46 PM

    Here's an informative article that ran here in SW PA on Christmas Day re. the uncommon presence of snowy owls in our area this year:

    Welcome back, Philip.