Great End to a Great Summer

Wow! What a spectacular way to wrap up the summer of 2014 on the Outer Banks. Temperatures nudging 90, a nice SSW breeze, water temperatures in the mid 70s . . . it just doesn’t get much better than this. It’s been a good summer, Hurricane Arthur notwithstanding. That was definitely an oddity. July Hurricanes … Continue reading Great End to a Great Summer

Mixed Review for Cristobal Waves on the Outer Banks

We were hoping for better quality waves as Hurricane Cristobal passed a few hundred miles offshore, but the winds from the north never did let up. The waves were there, but with the 6′ break came a lot of chop and some sloppy conditions. The day wasn’t a complete waste for surfers though. There were … Continue reading Mixed Review for Cristobal Waves on the Outer Banks

Surfing for Autism on the Outer Banks

It’s been five years for the annual Surfing for Autism at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head and the event has gained in popularity every year. This year, organizers, said 80 families and maybe a little more than that were in the surf. It is a free event, as it has always been, and it’s all … Continue reading Surfing for Autism on the Outer Banks

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

American Black Bear family in Aligator River National Wildlife Refuge. Photo, USFW. As a barrier island system, the Outer Banks is unlike any other barrier Island system in the world. It’s longer and at its greatest distance from the mainland, it is a farther from the continent that any other similar system. But as different … Continue reading Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

An Outer Banks 911 Message-Know Your Street Address

The Outer Banks 911 system has shown itself to be as good as any emergency responders anywhere, but they cannot respond to an emergency if they don't know where the emergency is. As this video posted on the Dare County Government Youtube channel makes clear, knowing the street address of a vacation home can be … Continue reading An Outer Banks 911 Message-Know Your Street Address

33rd Annual New World Festival of the Arts

David Graves and his hand-crafted spriral flutes. The 33rd Annual New World Festival of the Arts was yesterday and today in Manteo, and it would be tough to imagine a more perfect setting or perfect day for an outdoor art exhibition. Located in Manteo where the town meets Shallow Bag Bay, it looked like there … Continue reading 33rd Annual New World Festival of the Arts

Kitty Hawk Kites Watermelon Festival, Fun, Fun, Fun

For as long as anyone who has lived or visited the Outer Banks can recall, there has been a Kitty Hawk Kites Watermelon Festival at the main store in Nags Head. It can’t be longer than 40 years ago, because that’s how old KHK is, but the festival started sometime in its early days. It’s … Continue reading Kitty Hawk Kites Watermelon Festival, Fun, Fun, Fun

A Quick Guide to Local Seafood Markets

There is a reason why almost every restaurant on the Outer Banks features fresh seafood-Wanchese, on Roanoke Island, is a very busy commercial fishing port. That being the case, there are number of seafood markets carrying the local fisherman’s catch. Here’s a few of them. In Nags Head check out either Daniel’s; Whalebone Seafood Market … Continue reading A Quick Guide to Local Seafood Markets