Here is a long post on some thoughts on our second trip for a nearly two week stay at Ocracoke. We can't go every year but we would love to return for another trip. Wonderful place!
Ocean breeze: does anyone else remember that first whiff of the salty ocean breeze one gets when travelling to the beach. i had this when stopping for gas on 158. it immediately put me in relaxation mode.
4th of July: very sad accident involving the fireworks explosion...we heard a loud boom that morning. my sympathies and condolences to all involved should they ever read this.
Bugs and weather: As Lynn said, bugs were bad but I think eminently tolerable given the surroundings (Ocracoke village and their amazing beaches). Did not rain during the day save a light drizzle after dinner one evening.
Day Trip: Drove up to Cape Hatteras to see the lighthouse. This was a nice break to the routine and much closer than we thought. Had lunch in Hatteras at the Harbor Deli. Harbor Deli has excellent food and very dog friendly!
Beach: amazing, amazing, amazing! Surf was rough.
Incident: We have two dogs and always clean up afterwards. Always. One day, our female dog peed and a woman down the street yelled at us: "aren't you going to pick that up". She mistakenly thought are dog was having a bowel movement. We told her that she peed and as expected, received no apology for her rudeness. Still, after the dog poop seen on the streets, we can understand her frustration. We have seen worse, however.
Shops: We weren't much into shopping this time around. We realize that is part of the Ocracoke experience but times are tough...my lady did buy some jewelry. I guess the hippie flair down here mandates incense in these shops but it's a bit annoying. imho.
I'll talk about the restaurants in another post...