Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

We went to the beach twice this year (our January trip to St. George is in the next post).  I rented a house through VRBO for 4 nights during Virginia Tech's spring break or the first week of March.  North Carolina had just had a big snow/ice storm before we arrived so we drove through water and around newly formed sand dunes to get there.

As soon as we arrived, I took a walk along the beach.  Rodanthe Pier appeared pretty shaky with the big waves.

 No one was on the beach which was nice, unlike the crowds we see when we visited in August years ago.

 The waves were quite high. 
The next morning I collected perfect shells including a couple of nice conch shells and several starfish.

We then drove up to Nags Head to Jockey's Ridge State Park.  The hike to this largest sand dune on the Atlantic coast reminded me a little of the deserts in Utah.

At the top of the dune, we looked east at the bay and Albermarle Sound. 

 The next day, I went by myself to Pea Island Wildlife Refuge because dogs were not allowed. The southern boundary is only 2.5 miles from Rodanthe.

 I saw a lot of these Northern Shoveler ducks....

Northern  Shovelers have the largest bills which make them fairly easy to identify.
Afterwards, I drove south to Avon for supplies.  Along the way, I stopped at this pullout.  No one was on the beach.   As you can see, we have nice warm, sunny weather while we were down there.

 On our last day, we drove to Ft. Raleigh National Historic Site where we walked the nature trail.  This yellow lab followed us the whole time which made Kookie nervous.   Maybe she thought we were going to take the dog home!

I really enjoyed the view from the top floor of  "Ocean Breeze" (for those who want to look it up on VRBO).   It was great to watch dolphins swim in the ocean.   Kookie enjoyed watching other people and dogs on the beach.

 This view looking north was taken while seated in the recliner.   The screen makes it look like an oil painting.

We loved going to Hatteras in the off season.  All of our other trips (starting in the 80s) were in the summer when the crowds and mosquitoes were annoying.   Also, I saw more birds than people which was nice. 

Next is our trip to St. George Island in Florida.


  1. Winter on the Outer Banks is the very, very best! Glad you enjoyed it ... but don't tell anyone!

  2. having the beach to oneself sounds so great... i'll bet you had a great time strolling around searching for seashells and such. your pictures are great. love the one of the starfish and pier together. hope all is well. have a great day~

  3. Webb--I so agree. Next time, I would like to stay a week to get the best chance of good weather. We were just lucky to be there in between two storm.

  4. Naquillity--Strolling along the beach is my favorite part so it is so nice to be there without the crowds.