Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sunshine on Hatteras

A Hatteras Island fishing boat heads out into the Atlantic through Hatteras Inlet. ValleyWX Pic

The weather will do a flip today with sunshine and warm temperatures here on Hatteras Island and showers and thunderstorms back in Montreal. Both places will be mild today with temperatures in the 24 to 27C range. It will become increasingly more summer like along the entire eastern seaboard into the weekend with warm air extending all the way into southern Quebec. temperatures under sunny skies will reach close to 30C (86F) near Montreal and the upper 20's (75-85F) here along the coast of North Carolina.

Yesterday despite the cool weather and clouds I took the ferry over to Ocracoke Island. This is an awesome 40 minute ride across Hatteras inlet that I have done so many times before, and it did not disappoint again. The island is the southern most along the Outer Banks. It is a mere 12 miles long and about a half mile wide with a charming village at its southern tip and one road, State Highway 12, connecting the village to the ferry terminal. It is home to the Ocracoke Lighthouse, Ocracoke Ponies and of course Howard's Pub. Most of the island is controlled by the National Park Service, so the beaches are wide, flat and undisturbed. We took a walk at the northern end of the island and it felt like we were the only two people on earth. Walking along the sand bars and spits collecting seashells on a Wednesday afternoon is probably, for me, the best that life has to offer. I love this place.

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