I had plans on Monday to go to the NC Aquarium with my friend Heather and her clan. We thought we’d drive down to Wilmington, check out the fish, then hit the beach with the kids and let them run around and chase each other and generally get sufficiently worn out to so they would sleep all the way back to Raleigh at the end of the day.
As I was talking through the planned activities with Mr. CPQ, he said, “Why don’t you just take a couple of days and do some sightseeing while you’re down there?”
He completes me.
I thought it was a great idea because I hadn’t explored any of the coast of North Carolina north of Wilmington, and I had been wanting to see some of the beach towns that I’d heard of since we moved here and scout out some potential vacation spots.
We quickly formulated a plan to leave Wilmington after our day-long adventure and head up the coast, catch a ferry to the Outer Banks and make our way up through Buxton, Rodanthe (where I would once again rue the day I ever picked up a Nicholas Sparks novel), stop in to see the Hatteras Lighthouse and head to Kill Devil Hills so the kids could see the Wright Brothers’ Memorial.
I was talking to Heather about my plans as we sat in the Wilmington Chick-Fil-A with our respective broods eating fries and drinking lemonade, and she asked, “Are you catching the ferry to Ocracoke Island?”
I looked at her rather blankly.
“I don’t think I’m going to an island.”
“Well then, where’s your ferry taking you?”
“I dunno. All I know is that I’m supposed to catch a ferry and it takes me somewhere and then I drive to Kill Devil Hills.”
“Uh, Sus? The ferry only goes to the island. You then catch a different ferry from that island to get to the Outer Banks.”
“No, no, no. I’m going straight to the Outer Banks. I already bought the ferry ticket on-line last night.”
“Sus, I don’t think you can go straight there. Let me see your confirmation info.”
“Here it is. See? It says Ocracoke. Not Ocracoke Island.”
“Sus, Ocracoke IS an island. I’ve been there. Trust me.”
“But I didn’t want to go there.”
“Well, you’re going there now.”
This ought to be fun.
Have a nice day.