Sea Oates thriving on the beach at the eastern end of the Bogue Banks In North Carolina. The structure in the background is a picnic shelter. If you click on the photograph, you can see the Port of Morehead City off to the right. Across the inlet lies the Shackelford Banks which is accessible only by boat. Both the Bogue and Shackelford Banks have an east / west orientation so the sun both rises and sets on the islands. To orient you a bit more, The Shackelford Banks which is uninhabited except for a large herd of wild horses, is separated by a small inlet from the Core Banks which is home to the Cape Lookout National Seashore. It’s composed of one large and serveral smaller islands including Portsmouth Island which is home to Historic Portsmouth Village. Just across Ocracoke inlet lies the very popular Village of Ocracoke. From Ocracoke a system of ferries and North Carolina Route 12 run all the way up the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the Villages of Hatteras, Frisco, Buxton, Avon, Salvo, Waves, and Rodanthe. Route 12 then passes through the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge where another ferry hop across Oregon Inlet brings you to Bodie Island then on to the more populated Outer Banks and the towns of of Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, and Southern Shores where I hang out when I can. Duck is just up Route 12 which then takes you to Sanderling and Corolla where Route 12 ends. Corolla by the way is home to another herd of wild horses. I’ve made the entire trip twice, once each way. There’s nothing else really quite like it. And once you go, you’re forever hooked. Thanks for the visit and have a great evening.