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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Oak Island, North Carolina

This wasn't our first trip to Oak Island, we had been there 28 years ago.  Lee's great uncle owned a house there that he bought as his retirement home, but in the meantime family members used it as a vacation home.  Oak Island was originally two communities, Long Beach and Yaupon Beach, but in 1999 the two merged to become Oak Island.  The bulk of Oak Island is on one of the barrier islands, separated from mainland North Carolina by the Intracoastal Waterway with a small portion of it as part of the mainland. 

Oak Island wasn't really developed much until the 1930's and in 1954 all but 5 buildings were wiped out by Hurricane Hazel.  Until as recently as 2011, the only access to the island by car was a lone bridge near the town of Southport.   Because of all of this, it has remained a very quiet, non-commercial community and a great place to go for a quiet vacation. 

One of the first things we decided to do was see if we could find Uncle Bill's house--didn't take us long at all, it really doesn't look all that different from when we were there in 1985.  I need to dig out my old pictures and compare, but really all that we thought was different was the trees were bigger.

The beach areas on Oak Island are really nice, and even in the busy summer months aren't overly crowded.

These condos were just being built when we were here in 1985--now there are a ton of them, and they are old enough that they are being remodeled--where did the time go?
This is where we stayed, on the Long Beach end of the island. 
We got a laugh out of this sign at the restaurant we ate at--???
Some very typical houses in the beach area:

"One of these things just doesn't belong"

If you go to Oak Island, you have to go to dinner at Island Way restaurant, it is on the ocean and not only do you get a nice view, the food is terrific!  When you are done with that, go to Bubba's and get some fudge, mmmmmmmmmmmm!


Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

Oh My Goodness, that keep off the grass sign is hilarious! It looks like you had a wonderful time at the sea, despite the cold weather. Laney is looking healthy, Yeah!!! I remember the first time I took my dog to the beach, and he would run up to the waves, and then run almost backwards as the wave kept coming at him. You wonder what they are thinking. You do some wonderful travelogue style posts. I always love doing a little armchair travel when I visit you!

Sue xo

Flo said...

Thanks Sue! Travel photography has always been one of my favorite subjects, so it makes it very easy to do the posts of our visits.

Laney is back to her normal self, thank heavens. Lee keeps threatening to buy her a muzzle to keep her from eating strange things out of the yard (which is what we think happened). Sometimes she thinks she's a goat!