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Sunday, May 18, 2014

On the Free Ferry To Ocracoke North Carolina, My Favorite Stretch of NC Route 12

You pull up to the docks and you're already there
With that famous Ocean Breeze blowing through your hair.
You spend time at other places but you don't know why.
Because of that beautiful Ocracoke sky

One old man takes down your name and you wait for a while
then the captain of the Ferry waves all aboard and vehicles are loaded
Cars with boats, trucks, and the Lays potato chip man, scooters and bicycles
all looking to see that beautiful Ocracoke sky

Packed in like sardines the straps and harnesses are snapped, all eyes are on the ocean
Sea Gulls hover waiting for treats, when your lucky you will see Dolphins Swimming in unison next to the ferry.
People jump from their cars to catch all the sights
that is the prelude to that beautiful Ocracoke sky

One hour and 15 minutes you will ride as the North Carolina Ferry Taxi's you to the dock
but you weren't paying attention and never bothered with a clock
you knew that the Ocean was requiring it's dues
before it released you to that beautiful Ocracoke sky

the Ferry pulls to the dock and then the car ramp is lowered
and the engines of all the vehicles that came on board are started.
one by one they pull off in a certain order
as the Seagoing Opossum releases it's children to that Beautiful Ocracoke sky

You race the 12 miles to get to the town with a myriad of views to excite your senses
the speed limit 25 says you are there and a stop to Howards Pub refreshes after your Ferry ride
you park your car in the municipal parking lot and find your way
to your favorite spot to see the Beautiful Ocracoke sky

Thanks to the state of North Carolina and the Ferry System for taking my family and me safely to Ocracoke Island every year!

Ocracoke Ferry
Hatteras Class: Roanoke Ferry
  • Vehicle Capacity: 26
  • Passenger Capacity: 149
  • Weight & Dimensions: 248 Gross Tons, 150' Length, 42' Breadth, 4' Draft
  • University Affiliation: Meredith College


  1. We took this one last May as we decided to return to Cape Carteret from Dixieland coming down the Upper Outer Banks. Also, had a relative to visit in Rodanthe and then took the one from Ocracoke to Cedar Island. Later we took the last one back to Ocracoke at the beginning of August from Cedar Island and had a wonderful time there for a week. I remember you writing about your experiences there before.