In 2009 I published as one of our monthly newsletters "A LETTER CONCERNING A VISIT TO OCRACOKE" By C.A. Weslager. The letter was written July 31, 1949 from Wilmington, Delaware.
This is what Weslager wrote about his trip from Ocracoke village to Hatteras Inlet:
"The island is covered with heavy sand and only jeeps can
navigate. Several natives have them and provide taxi service
to visitors. We hired one driver to take us to Hatteras Inlet at
the north point of the island. We went when the tide was right
so that we could sweep up the beach as each wave washed in
and out. The idea is to get the jeep wheels on the sand that the
water has just laved — otherwise one either sinks, or slides, and
the minute that happens a wave rolls over you and the jeep is
carried away. It was a thrilling and dangerous ride. One must
also travel fast in order to keep from sinking in the sand. There
were four of us and the driver, and he was the only one who
didn't seem frightened."
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter highlights several noteworthy
staircases in historic island homes. To read the newsletter, and see
photos, click here: www.villagecraftsmen.com/news092117.html.