Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Outer Banks Adventure

"When something effects your quality of life, it time to make a change"

I stumbled upon this quote on a spoiler site, how true.

Did I find it by "accident"?

We were in E City last Friday for was put off again until Sept 26 due to the paperwork not being changed to reflect the "correct" charges.

Sigh....That made for a long day for basically nothing except that I said "let's go home by way of the Ferry's".  Little did I know it would be a 3 hour drive to get to the first ferry (a 40 minute ride across Ocrakoke) and cross your fingers to make the 2nd ferry (a 2hr 15min ride across the Pamilco Sound).  I had to book it down that island, passing everyone / thing in site!  I mean 90 mph at one point!  (Greg - let's just pretend it's a hypothetical situation)

The islands are beautiful....I was holding my camera out the window and snapping whatever I could.  I said we should come back when we have time to explore.  I would have really liked to have seen all of the lighthouses.  As it was we only stopped in on the Bodie (pronouced Body) Lighthouse for a quick pic.

Miss T did not like the first ferry was a rough one and I hear it's normally that way.  I guess that's because of all the yachting going on and the wake they make.  The ferry rocked a bit and Miss T was apprehensive.  Plus it was raining and that sucked big time!

If we had not made the 2nd ferry in time for the 5pm ride we only had 2 choices:  1) turn around and drive about 8 hours to get home or 2) wait till the 10pm ferry.

I had been driving since 4am.  I did NOT want to miss that ferry!  We were the last vehicle let on and as I parked they closed the back and tossed me the wheel block, tooted the horn and off we went.  You can see in the picture Tom's relief at our arrival.

Miss T asked how long the 2nd ride would be and I (lied) said "oh not too long".  Once we were on it, they announced our "Welcome Aboard" and for us to enjoy our "2 plus hour ride" across.  Miss T's eyes widened up at me.........

She survived.  We actually saw some lovely dolphin jumping.  I barely had time to capture one with the camera....gotta play with the picture to bring it out. This ride was smooth and very pleasant....not too hot, not too noisy.

We stopped in a sandwich shop in Morehead City - starved!  Even Miss T asked for more! 

It was such a joy to drive into my yard even if it was 11pm. 


garnett109 said...

nice pics of the ocean

hugsdoodlewacky said...

((((((((((((((((HUGSTOOU)))))))))))Glad you had a good time,despite you didnt like the fary ride.I loved the pics.

madcobug said...

Sounds like it was a long day. Glad that you made it safely home. Great pictures. Helen

nhd106 said...

Great to have a change of pace like that...even if it's not perfect.   The photos are terrific!  Feels like I'm right there with ya.


imgr8phil said...

It looks very peaceful and tranquil there.  Wish I could have a little of that.  Have a good Thursday.


chat2missie said...

Loved seeing the pictures!  Have a good day tomorrow.

eml625 said...

Great pictures. We take a ferry when we go from Long Island to Rhode Island and the kids love it. But, it's not 2 hours , so you did well for that amount of time.
Take Care

randlprysock said...

I love the pictures Sharon!!

cacklinrosie101 said...

Dang, this brings back memories.  We took my dad's 32 ft. motor home every year and parked it on Hatteras, rented a car and explored the Outer Banks from Corolla to Ocracoke.  Isn't it the most beautiful place on earth?  My ex typically behaved on family vacations so I do have wonderful memories.  The only missing is the  Seriously, though the pictures are gorgeous, gorgeous and touch my old heart.  Love ya, Chris

queeniemart said...

I have never been to the Outer i wanna go! Great pics and so glad you got to go and take pics. Poor Miss T.

onecrabn3lilfish said...

Beautiful pictures!  how did you get them to do that???


fasttrack58 said...

What an adventure!
I love lighthouses....
Linda :)