Hatteras Island, North Carolina

It's no secret that my favorite place on earth is that tiny, fragile sand bar out in the
Atlanctic Ocean known as the Outer Banks.  I love the Hatteras Island's northern villages,
Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo, because they've been the last to succumb to the
McMansion craze.  The clean beaches stretch forever to the north and south,
perpedicular to the perfectly straight horizon demarcation.  In the off-season, it's possible
to walk for miles without seeing another person.  It's the place when land, sea and sky
meet.  Most of all, you can hear yourself think.

We were so blessed to own a home there for six years.  Even though we sold it in June
2007, we'll always remember the birthdays and Christmases at Four Seasons, our beach
shack, which Brad practically rebuilt.  We have wonderful memories of friends and family
who've shared our time there with us, and cherish the new friends we've made during our
stays there.

We try to visit the Outer Banks at least three times a year and it's always a special time
for all of us to get away from our everyday lives.

The sunrises are amazing, the sunsets even more so as we watch the sun literally drop to
the water and disappear.  Because we can see for miles, the weather patterns are more
noticeable; like a farmer or pilot, we feel more in tune with nature.  The sea reflects the
mood of the sky--gray on cloudy days, blue on sunny days, white-capped on windy days,
and flat on the rare calm, peaceful days.
These are a few of our favorite things:

Kayaking the sound

Eating seafood at the Jolly Roger (Ocracoke)

Day Tripping: Ferry Ride to Ocracoke Island, beach/water time, lunch, head home.

Flying kites

Launching rockets


Enjoying a roaring fireplace on cold, blustery days

Campfires on the beach

Digging holes in the sand

Boogie boarding and surfing

Playing arcade games on the pier
This paged updated November 2007.  Copyright 2007 Charlene Stevenson.
North Carolina's Outer Banks
My guys on the dune.
I come to the sea to breathe.
Check out this awesome video of the Thanksgiving storm on November 23,
2006.  A special thanks to Mike and the rest of the  Chicamacomico Banks Fire
Department for their service to our community.
Here are some of my favorite pics of the Rodanthe pier.