Ocracoke Casts a Spell
10 July 2015 | Ocracoke Coffee
Ocracoke has us in its spell, and we can't seem to bring ourselves to weigh anchor. We stayed two extra days to work, then we decided to stay until Saturday to catch NE winds - just what we need to continue our cruise.
So Aria has become a fixture in the Ocracoke Anchorage, Silver Lake. We have watched boats come and go, while we remain in our little patch of water. It's a strange feeling, as we are usually the ones with schedules to keep. This cruise has no particular destination, no goal except to test our resolve to become cruisers. Are we cut out for this?
We have used this unexpected time to explore Ocracoke to a degree we never have before. We attended a porch talk at the museum, took a long bicycle ride to see the Ocracoke ponies and had a memorable 33rd Wedding Anniversary at The Back Porch Restaurant. We're starting to recognize people around town.
Ocracoke is that rare US tourist destination that is not cluttered with boutique shopping and Hard Rock Cafes. The businesses are all small, locally-owned, usually owner-operated. There is an almost-Bahamaian island flavor. People go about in flip flops on gravel streets and wave to everyone they pass. Combine this atmosphere with a protected anchorage and you have a perfect cruising destination. We will be back!