09/10/08

Pirate Week on The Outer Banks September 15-20

Kick off your fall vacation with the annual Pirate Festival hosted by Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head. This week-long event begins on Monday, September 15th, with community events happening all week all over the Outer Banks.
Enjoy Pirate history, storytelling, reenactments, and shows. The culmination of a fun filled week of events will be on Saturday September 20th at the Kitty Hawk Kites Store, MP 12.5, Nags Head. Throughout the festival, Captain Jack Sparrow will make special guest appearances throughout the Outer Banks at various Kitty Hawk Kites stores. Continue reading


09/9/08

Hatteras Island enjoys being the “Best”

A USA Today travel feature has listed the Cape Hatteras National Seashore as one of the 10 Great National Parks That Will Engage Your Kids . Author Trefoni Rizzi of Teddy’s Travels: America’s National Parks said; “This park is filled with history of pirates, shipwrecks and lighthouses. ..Kids will love the ferry ride from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke, and best of all, it’s free.” Continue reading


09/4/08

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Full Moon Tour

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Full Moon Tour

The National Park Service is offering two full moon tours of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse on September 15th at 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. This is a very special, unique experience for the visiting public and local community to see a bird’s eye view of the island under a full moon from the top of the lighthouse.
Each tour is limited to 30 people and tickets must be purchased in advance from the lighthouse ticket booth, located at the base of the lighthouse in Buxton, which is open daily from 8:15 a.m. to 5:40 p.m.
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09/4/08

Red Drum Tournament

On October 23 – 25, Frank and Fran’s Fisherman’s Friend tackle shop in Avon will host the 9th annual Red Drum Tournament. This is a three day invitational tournament with 300 anglers competing to catch and release the largest and most red drum as they make their annual migrating run past Hatteras Island on The Outer Banks of North Carolina. The tournament begins with appetizers and a meet and greet with the judges, and will culminate with the annual banquet and distribution of prizes.

Prizes total over $12,000 for multiple winners and categories. For more information on the upcoming tournament, visit Frank and Fran’s website, www.hatteras-island.com, or call (252) 995-4171. Continue reading


09/4/08

Day at the Docks set for Sept. 20th

Hatteras village on The Outer Banks of North Carolina will host the fourth annual Day at the Docks celebration on Saturday, Sept. 20.
Festivities will begin on the working waterfront, i.e., the marinas located at the southern end of Hatteras Village, at 10 a.m. and run until 5 p.m.

“We’re bringing back the always-popular chowder cook-off contest, and are increasing the number of seafood cooking demonstrations this year,” said event organizer Lynne Foster. Continue reading


09/1/08

Eastern Surfing Championships on Hatteras Island

The Eastern Surfing Championships (ESAs) will be September 21 – September 27, with September 28 as a back-up day. The ESAs, which typically determine the contenders for the USA championship, are held in Cape Hatteras on the Outer Banks of North Carolina every fall, as the excellent surfing conditions are considered the best on the East Coast, attracting surfers from all over the world. Continue reading


08/26/08

The Basics of Beachcombing

As fall approaches on The Outer Banks, and offshore swells pile buckets of flotsam and jetsam onto the shore, Hatteras Island becomes a beachcomber’s paradise. With less visitors to compete over the best finds, and miles of sand to explore, this is the time when dedicated hunters of shells and sea glass alike get up early, grab extra Food Lion bags for treasures, and head out on a pilgrimage to the beach. Continue reading


08/20/08

Build the Best Sand Castle with Tips from the Pros

4 Rules of Castle-building

Use moist sand. Squeeze a ball of sand in your hand for a few seconds. “If the ball stays together when you roll it around in your palm, it’s perfect sand for a castle,” says Justin Gordon, an award-winning professional sand sculptor in Massachusetts. “The best place to find this sand is below the tide line,” says Gordon.

Start with a densely packed mound of sand. To get the best density, build up the mound gradually: Add 6 inches of sand, pack down firmly with your fists, then pour half a bucket of water on top. (You can never add too much water; any excess will just drain out.) Repeat until you’ve reached your desired height. Continue reading


08/19/08

Hitting the Hatteras Island Bike Trails

In the summer, it seems like every other vehicle on NC Highway 12 has a bike rack strapped to the back, and there’s a good reason for this phenomenon. With a collection of smaller neighborhoods, paths, flat beaches, and miles of scenic highway, Hatteras Island can be a biker’s dream.
New to the local cycle scene? Exploring is an easy way to find the best routes, but there are a few scenic spots up and down the island that are ideal for long, easy bike rides.

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08/18/08

What in the world?

The strange sea creatures of Hatteras Island

After a relaxing walk along the soundside of Avon, I nearly jumped out of my flip flops when I spotted a giant slimy fish with big droopy eyes looking up at me from a shallow canal. He was flat like a flounder, but a dark greasy brown, and had a wide mouth with pointy little teeth that were fixed in a dopey smile. Naturally, as with all things that I don’t understand, I poked at it with my index figure, and sure enough it twitched slightly with annoyance, but didn’t really move, and didn’t lose its dawdling grin.

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