Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Just got back from a restful two days on Cedar Island, NC. A friend owns a year round home there but he uses it only when the cold weather in New England tells him it's time to head south...so my niece Wendy and I accepted his kind offer to visit and we headed out there last Friday night. 

Cedar Island is a very small and lightly populated coastal island in eastern North Carolina. Although it is blessed with a natural beauty it would not appeal to the usual beach combing tourist. There are no overcrowded beaches or seafood restaurants and it would probably be completely left to it's own devices if it were not for the famous Cedar Island Ferry service.. 

Four times a day cars and travelers are ferried to or from the village of Ocracoke, the last leg of the Outer Banks, a string of very narrow peninsulas and barrier islands that are separated from the mainland by the Atlantic Ocean and Pamlico Sound. Each ferry can take up to 50 cars or equivalent vehicles and reservations are made well in advance. 

Although it is fairly pricy to go by car it is only $1 per ticket if you just want to go along for the ride ...which we did. It is a 2 ½ hr. trip each way so we'd had our fill of the ocean by late Saturday afternoon. However, that was forgotten the next day and I snapped the picture you see above as we meandered down the deserted and narrow beach strip.

One of the loveliest things on the Island was the pampas grass that grew in abundance, especially around our host's property. I couldn't help but include it with this nice picture of Wendy. All in all a delightful respite and well worth the 4 ½ hours that it took to get there.


Blogger Marie Smith said...

It sounds like the beaches here in some ways! Beautiful !

5:22 PM  
Blogger NCmountainwoman said...

I do love the isolated islands on the Outer Banks. They, and the National Seashore are about the only places not totally built up with all sorts of little boxes made out of ticky-tacky.

8:18 AM  
Blogger possum said...

Oh, my, I haven't been to the Outer Banks in YEARS! Spent a week on Ocracoke back in the 80s. I do love it down there... but when I need a break, I head for the mountains. As much as I love the ocean, I need to see some hills and rocks every once in a while, just the reverse of you!
So glad you had a good time.

10:07 AM  
Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

The isolation and lack of tourist attractions makes it sound extra appealing. I would have loved the ferry ride. I can't get enough of being on the water.

1:30 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

It's nice to get away, and sometimes the short ones are the best ones.

2:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its lovely out there, but there would be no natursl area in the Outer Banks if FDR hadn't acted.

9:33 AM  
Blogger Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Great getaway & photos. We rode the ferry and spent some time on the island. Looks like you also had great weather too.

12:36 PM  

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