The Ocracoke Lighthouse, circa 1823, the nations second oldest still in use.

All I can say is, too bad they were closed.

We are currently anchored in Silver Lake, which is in the middle of Ocracoke, which is on the Outer Banks. The whole island is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The only way on is by boat or private plane. It's just 16 miles from one end to the other. The ferries bring cars and motor homes, groceries and beer.
This is a really nice village, although not nearly as friendly as Oriental. Lots of gift shops, some really old, some not. The anchorage is fairly small, houses, condos, seafood markets and restaurants all the way around. The ducks and pelicans are plentiful and always fun to watch. It's nice to be here before the tourist season gets underway and what roads there are are clogged and we might have to wait in line for ice cream.

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