jpamusher`s travel pix - 911 - OBX Trip`s End

I had to pass by the Outer Banks of NC as we journeyed home from Florida. On a last minute impulse,I decided to stop off and do a bit of hiking there in early Dec since the weather was still warm!

OBX Trip`s End

Bike trail
Bike trail
Passing by Santee State Park in SC on the way home,we stopped to hike a 7.5 mile bike trail that winds thru the forest along the shore of Lake Marion. I-95 crosses this large lake.
Wes on the Santee bike trail
Wes on the Santee bike trail

Lifeboat
Lifeboat
We had to cross Pamlico sound on a ferry to reach the Outer Banks of NC. The metal canisters hold compressed air life vessels.
Ocracoke Island sunset
Ocracoke Island sunset

Open Ponds trail
Open Ponds trail
This was a 9 mile round trip hike from the Hatteras lighthouse to Frisco campground.
Hiking the Open Ponds trail
Hiking the Open Ponds trail

Beach near the Frisco campground
Beach near the Frisco campground
We hiked from the lighthouse to the campground. long boardwalks crossed the dunes to reach the beach. We arrived in late afternoon. Darkness fell as we were hiking back to the lighthouse,but I had a headlamp.
Shells
Shells
The next day,we walked the beach from the Hatteras lighthouse to Diamond Shoals. This is the point of land that sticks out furthest into the Atlantic Ocean at Cape Hatteras.
Walking the shoreline at Cape Hatteras
Walking the shoreline at Cape Hatteras
once past the area where beach driving was allowed,we had the coast all to ourselves. It was early Dec but temps still reached 70 degrees!
Sea turtle carcass
Sea turtle carcass
open wound marks are visible. the poor creature may have fallen victim to a shark.
Shark
Shark
Saw this small sand shark as we hiked the shore. He was alive in shallow water when I first spotted him but had expired on the hike back.
Jaws!
Jaws!
I flipped him  over for this shot.
Surf near Oregon Inlet
Surf near Oregon Inlet
On our last day in the Outer Banks,we walked the shoreline for a few miles to the rock jetty at Oregon Inlet. This was the end of a great trip!

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