Spending the summer on a narrow barrier island is a wonderful and beautiful experience. That is, unless there's a hurricane in the Atlantic. The Outer Banks aren't known as the 'Graveyard of the Atlantic' just for the shallow shoals, but also for the fierce storms that brew off the coast.
We were fortunate and blessed to have Hurricane Bill pass us by. The dunes are a bit smaller today and there are still rip current warnings posted, but all in all, we survived very well. Portions of Highway 12 (the only road in and out) were closed due to ocean overwash and dune spread.
The house featured in the movie, "Nights in Rodanthe" is about a mile and a half north of us and it suffered a lot of overwash and beach erosion.
We had a fair bit of rain and wind Saturday evening, which blew down the tents and frightened a lot of folks, but all is well now.
For the most part the busy summer season is winding down. School has started in a lot of areas, so we still have kids in the campground, but now mostly on weekends. The beach is not crowded but is still sort of dirty from the storm. Shell hunting is nice now and you can find bigger shells after a storm.
We, too, are winding down and looking for the next campground jobs for fall and winter. It has been the most fabulous summer. We've met some fascinating people from all over the world and from all walks of life. There are some pretty wonderful and caring kids out there and this instills hope for the next generations. We have developed strong bonds and found cherished friends in some of our colleague Workampers here.
Even though the season may end, many of the relationships formed here will carry forward. The lesson we continue to learn is that as human beings, we are more alike than different.
We hope your summer has been as enriching as our has.