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Irene Created a Change

The Night Before Irene

The water was calm with a fiery sunset the night before Hurricane Irene invited herself to the North Carolina coast.  Slight breeze with humidity high gave me the sense that it was hotter than the temperature showed.  I watched as boaters and fishermen either pulled their boats from the water or attempted to tie them down for the upcoming storm.  Several of the locals mentioned that they were not leaving their homes and that this was not the first hurricane they had to ride out.

I was visiting friends and decided to leave the day of the hurricane.  Travel was satisfying, no significant stops or complicated accidents, to the western part of the state.  There was more traffic heading west than east as I observed the cloud cover getting heavier in my rearview mirror, which for a weekend, that was unusual, since most folks would be heading to the beach for those final weeks of summer vacation.

I kept an ear to the radio, and once home, an eye on the weather channel as the outer rain-bands of the storm showed the coastal folks of down east that Irene had arrived.  Couple of phone calls early on gave me false confidence that those on the east coast were doing well.  After the early morning hours, little did I know as I watched the weather broadcast, that the storm would tarry for the day?   Irene’s back end of the storm was an angry departure causing several water surges in the rivers and sound areas, even 70 to 80 mile wind gusts in the inland counties.

Unable to reach several friends with power outages and phones dead, I worried.  Once the storm moved north on the eastern coast line and out of North Carolina, I was amazed at the damage several faced in our state.  Hurricane Irene, for a category one, left a path of destruction for so many from the Outer Banks to the inland communities of Eastern North Carolina.  I was able, after days of worrying, to hear from several as they shared their experience, their burdens of repairs, and tears of loss, but they all seemed grateful that they had made it through the storm.

Mother Nature is an element of living we lack control.  The earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes that come into our lives, not only change the inlets, roadways, rivers and landscape, but change our lives as well and the path we’re traveling towards tomorrow.  They affect the rich and the poor, the employed and unemployed, our cities, towns, and all communities.

I will say, in my opinion, a devastating trauma like this can humble, but yet it brings people to together as a community.  So many are facing some difficult times, not only North Carolina, but hopefully, those neighbors, friends and family will come to the aid as needed.  God Bless each and every one that has been touched by Hurricane Irene and any other power of Mother Nature that has come unexpectedly.

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Inspired to Create

Ocracoke Lighthouse

I appreciate the opportunity to take a vacation, get away, reconnect with family and friends, and relax without worries.  I truly believe in many vacations throughout the year to clear the cobwebs out of the head.  I have discovered on vacations that I can be perfectly happy with the basics of few clothes, walking, writing, taking pictures and laughter with family and friends. In today’s society, it is encouraged to work, work, and work, but stress can take its toll on the mind and body.  Some are blessed to find a job they truly enjoy, and the feeling of productivity can be inspiring, but others are thankful for employment, and remain in constant search for something missing in their lives.    That search for comfort, excitement, and acceptance.    So, what if I could find a job near my favorite vacation spot, which would financially support, living in the area I enjoy?  That’s an idea!

Well, everyday living does not always match the way we would dream, but I can put those dreams into writing and be the character I create.  I can still make time to walk and pretend I’m walking near my favorite scene.  I can remind myself when I am working and worrying over bills that can stress me; I am putting aside funds that will be used wisely for my next vacation and adventure.

It is those unique moments with family, friends, and favorite adventures that will add strength, courage, and the ability to dream that makes those typical, stressful, working days seem worth the effort.

Ocracoke Adventure

My last adventure took me to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Ocracoke Island.  I enjoyed the opportunity to enjoy the sun and beach.  It’s a place to walk, bike ride, to fish and to socialize with locals and others vacationing from different parts beyond the island.  I found interest to review the history of the island related to the state in which I live.  Ocracoke Island is a barrier island about 16 miles long and can only be obtained by ferry.  Blackbeard the Pirate made the island known as his hangout and hideaway.   Blackbeard sailed from the Caribbean to the Virginia Capes robbing ships. In November 1718, Blackbeard the Pirate was said to have been captured near Ocracoke Island by Lieutenant Robert Maynard of the British Navy. The Governor of Virginia sent the Lt Maynard to command a sloop and find Blackbeard.  It is said; he killed the pirate in a bloody duel, captured 15 crewmen and Blackbeard’s head was taken triumphantly to Hampton.  Blackbeard’s death supposedly marked the end of a large-scale of piracy on the Atlantic Coast.  So, when the island was established as a port around 1715 to promote trade and navigation around the coast, it became safer as a shipping port.  Around the late 1700’s the Ocracoke Lighthouse was built and remains to be the oldest continuous lighthouse of North Carolina.  In the 1800’s, Ocracoke Island became a vital shipping port.

Fort Ocracoke

There’s more to the history of Ocracoke Island than just the legends of pirates.  The island has served as an asset during the Revolutionary War with its hazardous waters that prevented the British warships from guarding the inlet.  There are evidences of a fort submerged in the Ocracoke inlet.  There is also the British Cemetery of four British seamen of the armed trawler HMS Bedfordshire.  The HMS Bedfordshire served, on loan to the US Navy from Great Britain to help protect our shores during the early part of World War II.

British Cemetery

I enjoy listening to locals share stories and legends passed down related to the wild ponies.  The wild ponies that roam the island were supposedly brought over by Sir Walter Raleigh and left on the Roanoke Island at the same time of the mysterious colony that disappeared, also known as The Lost Colony.

Well, I guess I could go on and on, but I’ll bring my vacation to an end as I return to the daily responsibilities of home.  I’m inspired, it’s time to create and have some more moments in my journey to treasure!

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