Hi, I'm Marianne Howell Wright on Harkers Island, North Carolina. Usually
you see me in Chapel Hill, but today I have something special to show you.
That was my husband Chip. He's always joking around.
Harkers Island is located off the coast of North Carolina, kind of at the
bottom of the Outer Banks. It's protected from the ocean by the Core Sound.
You can see the Banks coming out by Cape Lookout.
Harkers Island was isolated from the mainland for a long time, and the
islanders have their own special dialect. It kind of sounds Australian to
One of the first things you notice are the fishing boats. It's a fishing
community. Seafood has always been one of the biggest enterprises in the
whole island. Backyard boat building is also a traditional business on
Harkers Island. This is a boat that my husband had made. We're trying it
out for the first time.
There's also great fishing. It's fun to go out and spend the day out on the
boat. There's tons of good seafood. We like the crab off the dock. With
just a couple of local restaurants and so much fresh seafood, we love to
cook at home.
We have our table all set for the crabs tonight. We have plastic and
newspapers. My sister chose the music. We love to sit out on the porch and
watch the sunset.
Today we're going to get up early and go over to Cape Lookout on the little
passenger ferry. It can be a bumpy ride. It can be a wet ride too if it's
We're approaching Cape Lookout on the Sound side of the Banks. The little
children love to play on the Sound side because there aren't big waves, and
they can build their sandcastles. The older kids and the adults like to
walk over across the Banks to the ocean side. It's really beautiful. It's
usually pretty deserted. You can surf, fish, or pick up wonderful shells.
Now we're coming back to the marina after a long day playing in the ocean.
We just love to sit around and watch the sunset after we get in, in the
Today, though, it's a new day, and we're going to get up and take a walk to
the headquarters of the Cape Lookout National Seashore, which is right next
to our house. We like to walk the dog across the Sound side loop, which is
a path that goes all along the Core Sound. It's really, really beautiful.
Sometimes we let our dog, Buddy, take a swim. Sometimes we'll stop into the
Core Sound Waterfowl Museum, or we might walk by Willow Pond and watch the
ibis come into roost. They usually do that in late afternoon, and they fly
all over the Sound to roost here.
Well, we're going to go back and sit on our dock for a while and enjoy the
afternoon before we have a great seafood stew with saffron and garlicky
mayonnaise. We'll have it out on the porch overlooking Core Sound. It's
another beautiful sunset on Harkers Island.
I'll do a video update on the Ibis Cottage for sale in my next video. This
is Marianne Howell Wright from Harkers Island, North Carolina.