Fan Photo Friday

Watersports abound on Hatteras Island! If you’re interested in getting out on the water while you’re on vacation, stand up paddle boarding (SUP) has a small learning curve compared to many other watersports and is so much fun!

Photo courtesy of Kathleen Ganster

Give REAL Watersports a call to set up a lesson…You’ll be standing tall and enjoying life out on the water in no time!


Outer Banks Parade of Homes

Enjoy a beautiful fall weekend on the Outer Banks during the 20th Annual Outer Banks Parade of Homes, October 4th-7th!

Homeowners Prem and Amit Gupta, owners of Saga Construction and homeowners of two Surf or Sound Realty homes, #683 Rising Sun and #684 Moonshine will showcase four of their homes in this year’s Outer Banks Parade of Homes! Saga Construction will have real estate professionals on site to answer your questions, from building a home to furnishing it!

Brought to you by the Outer Banks Home Builders Association, this year’s Parade of Homes features 21 amazing homes from Corolla to the Nags Head/Manteo causeway. Tour the homes from 10am to 6pm, Thursday through Saturday and from 10am-3pm on Sunday. Your $10 ticket can be purchased at any of the homes or at select ticket outlets and is valid for all four days of the event. For more information, visit the Outer Banks Home Builders Association website or give them a call at (252) 449-8232.


Frisco Native American Museum participates in Museum Day 2012

Celebrate a day of learning in the heart of Frisco, NC on Saturday, September 29th! Frisco Native American Museum is proud to join Smithsonian magazine in celebrating the 8th Annual Museum Day! On this day, selected museums and cultural institutions open their doors free of charge to Smithsonian magazine readers and Smithsonian.com visitors.

The Museum Day admission card has been printed in the September 2012 issue of Smithsonian magazine and a downloadable version is also available on Smithsonian.com. The card must be presented in order to enter free of charge at participating museums and cultural institutions.

Spend the day browsing interesting exhibits at the Frisco Native American Museum, then hit the nature trail at the museum to experience and enjoy the maritime forest.

If you’re unable to make it to Frisco on Saturday, be sure to stop by on your next trip the island. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30am to 5pm. Visit them on the web at or call (252)995-4440 for more information.


Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Full Moon Tour

This Saturday, September 29th, full moon tours of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will be available! This is your chance to climb the 257-step staircase while park rangers provide interesting stories and tales of the lighthouse keeper’s duties. You will also be able to view the light up close and hear about how it operated in the past and how it works today. Weather permitting, you’ll have a bird’s eye view of the beam of light reaching out to sea and the reflection of the moon over the Atlantic. It’s truly a once in a lifetime experience!

The National Park Service will be offering two tours that evening. There will be one at 7pm and another at 8pm. Each tour is limited to 30 people and tickets must be purchased in person, starting Thursday, September 17th at the lighthouse ticket booth between the hours of 8:15 and 4:40pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3.50 for children (11 and under), as well as seniors (62 and older). Be sure to get your tickets early!

Just a few guidelines for the climb to the top…
1. Be sure to bring a handheld flashlight. There are no lights inside the lighthouse.
2. All participants are required to be 42 inches tall and must be able to climb the steps on their own.
3. Children 11 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult (16 years of age or older).
4. For safety reasons, all participants must climb and descend with the group.
5. Keep in mind that the lighthouse can be challenge to climb…It’s tall, dark, and often hot and humid.

Mark your calendar!!!


Fan Photo Friday

Don’t miss your chance to catch a beautiful September sunrise on Hatteras Island! The island is renowned for picturesque sunrises and sunsets…

photo courtesy of Steve Ganoe

Do you ever ponder the complex hues that a particular sunrise or sunset produces right before your eyes? If so, be sure to check out the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) explanation


Arrr you Arrrmed with pirate lingo? International Talk Like A Pirate Day

Shiver me timbers! Today marks the 10th Anniversay of International Talk Like a Pirate Day! It’s only fitting that we acknowledge Blackbeard’s stint in the waters off of Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands by amusing ourselves and our friends by talking like a pirate instead of ye ol’ landlubber!

On June 6, 1995, friends John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy) began using pirate lingo while playing a game of racquetball and were having so much fun that they then decided to parlay this phenomenon into a new world holiday. The date Sept. 19 was chosen because it was Mark’s ex-wife’s birthday, and the only date that came to mind at the time, besides Christmas and Superbowl Sunday, which were obviously already taken.

The first seven Talk Like a Pirate Days were celebrated amongst Ol’ Chumbucket and Cap’n Slappy and their closest friends. The two friends soon realized it would be a great idea to spread the word of this fine day and make it official. National humor columnist, Dave Barry, received word of the holiday and paid homage to it in a 2002 column. Avast! Talk Like a Pirate Day started gaining international appeal!

Check out this list of terms and phrases and be sure to partake in International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Ahoy!- “Hello”
Avast!- Stop and give attention or used as a sense of surprise. “No way!”
Aye- “Yes, I agree.”
Arr!- There are many meanings such as, “Yes.” “I agree.” “I’m happy.” “I’m enjoying…”
Shiver me timbers!- An exclamation of surprise, as when a ship hits something causing everything to shake.
Heave ho!- “Give it some muscle and push it!”
Thar she blows!- Signifies a whale sighting.
Shipshape- “Cleaned up and under control.”
Touch and go- Refers to briefly running aground, or two ships coming aboard to transfer mail or passengers, both risky propositions.
Pipe down- Most 18th century ships had a lights-out rule, indicated when the bosun’s pipe sounded. Even pirate ships had a set time when those who were not on watch were expected to go to bed.
Mind your Ps and Qs- Refers to tavern keepers who would extend credit to sailors and would keep track of how many pints or quarts of ale their customers consumed.
Batten down the hatches- Saying used to let everyone aboard know to put everything away on the ship and to tie everything down because a storm is brewing.

Now, that ye ol’ pirate vocabulary is in shipshape, go out there and spread the word of this fun-filled holiday!


Possible Suspensions or Delays on Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry Route

Below is information provided to us by the NCDOT today regarding possible suspensions or delays on the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route. Please use the contact information at the end of the press release below if you are planning to travel this ferry route over the next few weeks.

RALEIGH — Travelers using the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route could encounter delays, load weight restrictions and possible suspensions due to extreme shoaling of the Hatteras Inlet channel for the immediate future.

A threat of severe weather when a cold front moves through Tuesday, wind-driven tides and the narrow channel situation has created a safety issue that requires constant monitoring by the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division.

The inlet was side-cast dredged back in May to address an immediate need and is slated to be pipeline dredged in several weeks by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“Visitors to our area need to be apprised of the situation,” stressed Deputy Ferry Director Jed Dixon. He is calling upon local residents, businesses, restaurants, motels and vacation home rental agencies to assist in spreading the word.

Because of the shoaling issue, the Ferry Division today is running only its smaller Hatteras Class boats, which draw less water and are easier to maneuver in the shallow passage.

For up-to-date status on the situation at Hatteras, travelers can sign-up to receive messages on Twitter by going to www.twitter.com/ncdot_ferry or call the Hatteras terminal at 252-986-2353 for updates.

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ESA’s 45th Annual Easterns Surfing Championship

On Sunday, September 16th, a group of “The Best of the East,” gathered at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head to compete in the official surfing championship of the East Coast. The top finishers from the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast region competitions were invited to compete in The Easterns, which have been held each September for the past 45 years. This year’s competition will run through Saturday, September 22nd. Check out the heat here.

The ESA (Eastern Surfing Association) is the largest amateur surfing association in the world, with over 7,000 current members. The ESA was founded in 1967 by East Coast surfers to promote, preserve, and protect the sport of surfing on the East Coast.


Cape Hatteras National Seashore Night Driving Reopens on September 16

Per the new Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan, night driving routes for ORV use will reopen at midnight on September 16 and remain open through November 15, where no turtle nests remain or to the first posted closure in that route.

222 sea turtle nests were identified on National Seashore beaches during the 2012 nesting season. There are approximately 60 remaining nests to date. Due to this record breaking number, please be mindful of sea turtle nest protection areas in effect and note that closure conditions may change on short notice, to include ORV, pedestrian, and pet entry. Closed areas will be clearly marked with “symbolic fencing” consisting of wooden or carsonite posts, closure signs, string, and black filter fencing.

ORV routes that will be open to night driving on September 16 are as follows: North of Ramp 4, South of Ramp 44, West of Ramp 44, the Pole Road to Hatteras Inlet, and South of Ramp 67.

On November 1, the seasonally closed village beaches of Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo, Avon, and the Ocracoke Day Use Area will reopen to ORV use under terms specified in the new ORV Management Plan for Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

A permit is required for any off-road vehicle use in Cape Hatteras National Seashore. ORV permits can be obtained at any of the three National Park Service permit offices located at Coquina Beach, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Visitor Center (Buxton), and the Ocracoke Visitor Center. These offices will be open year-round, seven days a week (except Christmas Day), from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with expanded hours on weekends and holidays during the summer season. The cost of an annual ORV permit (valid for the calendar year) is $120. The cost for a 7-day ORV permit (valid from the date issued) is $50. You must bring your driver’s license and vehicle registration with you.

For further information, please call (252) 473-2111 ext, 148 or check out the Google Earth map.