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August 22, 2010

Ocracoke!

[caption id="attachment_80" align="alignnone" width="490" caption="NC Hwy 12...looks like it goes off into no where"][/caption]

…one of my very favorite places on earth. The hubs and I went for a mid-summer’s mini-vacation a few weeks ago. It was fantabulous.

Ocracoke Island and village is one of those secret places that you want to tell everyone about, but at the same time, you want to tell no one. It’s got a permanent, year-round population of about 750, though it can spike up to about 5000 during the summer. Small, I know, but absolutely amazing. It’s been in the top 10 beaches of the US more times than I can count. Here are some highlights:

[caption id="attachment_81" align="alignnone" width="490" caption="Hwy 12, again. May be my favorite highway"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_85" align="alignnone" width="490" caption="the window in our room"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_86" align="alignnone" width="490" caption="the surf report for the day in the local coffee shop"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_88" align="alignnone" width="490" caption="the weirdest/coolest ducks? i've ever seen"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_90" align="alignnone" width="490" caption="mmm....coffee"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_87" align="alignnone" width="490" caption="the best place in ocracoke to eat...the flying mellon cafe. I had the crab cakes. the hubby had the veggie ravioli..mmm...mmm...delicious"][/caption]



We also took the ferry over to Hatteras to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. This place was really awesome. They have a real fresnel lens that used to be used in the Hatteras Lighthouse. So cool!

[caption id="attachment_84" align="alignnone" width="490" caption="part of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_95" align="alignnone" width="490" caption="here it is..."][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_98" align="alignnone" width="490" caption="the fresnel"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_97" align="alignnone" width="490" caption="the lens"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_96" align="alignnone" width="490" caption="the fresnel lens"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_103" align="alignnone" width="490" caption="the pirate exhibit. why are pirates so interesting? "][/caption]

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