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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Ocracoke Island

Posted September 14, 2009 11:35 a.m. EDT
Updated September 14, 2009 11:44 a.m. EDT

How many of you have been to Ocracoke? If so, what are your memories? What are your perceptions of this special place along the Outer Banks.

I recently spent a long weekend at Ocracoke and renewed my love affair with the island and village of the same name. This week I will have a series of stories on the remote and isolated jewel on the western edge of Pamlico Sound.

It’s a good thing I took my camera. The sunsets and sunrises at Ocracoke can be spectacular. Several years ago I wrote a song called “Ocracoke” and put it on my “Peaceful Journey” album. WRAL’s Anne Johnson put together a slideshow featuring that song and the pictures I took during my recent vacation to the island.

While walking along Silver Lake I ran into an old friend, Alton Balance, whose ancestors helped settle Ocracoke more than 200 years ago. Tomorrow on our Carolina Conversations blog I will post my interview with Alton. I think you will enjoy his unique perspective.

Let me hear your thoughts about Ocracoke.