Day 7- Ferry to Ocracoke Island

June 27, 2020

While waiting for my ferry this afternoon, I checked my odometer’s Trip setting. I have driven 1,669 miles since leaving my condo in Falls Church, Virginia a week ago. That doesn’t even count all the miles Rick put on his car when we were wandering Richmond, Charlottesville, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg together. There have been some days in the last three months that I did not even walk 1,669 steps!

Map of Ocracoke Village

I am SO excited about heading to the Outer Banks! I have a campsite reserved tonight on the outskirts of town which lets me wander without having to worry about finding a place to park. I’m at Teeters Campground which is right up against a British cemetery. Awesome.

Ferry from Swan Quarter to Ocracoke Island. Takes 2.5 hours for $15

This morning when I left my sleep spot, it took me a little over two hours to get to where I was going to be catching the ferry. Heading into the Outer Banks, you do have to know some of the amazing history here. I did drive through two towns Bath and Beaufort, that are really important if you’re into the history of pirates. I am. I am a bit of a pirate nerd.

Blackbeard is everywhere

Edward Teach, nicknamed Blackbeard, had a home in Bath, NC, just across Pamlico Sound, next door to the governor of all people. But, his real life centered around this island, Ocracoke, where his ship would off-load its plunder. He spent most of his time here and many a legend of piracy is woven into the history of this place.

A 10-room B&B across from the Lighthouse
The British Cemetery

Tomorrow is another ferry to Hatteras and then hit the rest of the Lights on the Cape.

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