My recommendations for books
(which are available at the condo, each has an Amazon link)
Two hundred and fifty years ago a pirate ship
might have been careened out front of the condo
and the pirates camped on the beach.
BLACKBEARD CERTAINLY SAILED BY MANY TIMES BETWEEN
OKRACOKE ISLAND AND THE OREGON INLET.
This is the story of the pirate Black Bart. More importantly, it describes why people became pirates. Many did not want to but were forced into service on slave ships. To get out of the horrible conditions, many signed on with the pirates. It talks of the pirate’s democracy. How they elected captains. How they determined shares. This is a GREAT book!
Captain Johnson wrote this book in the 1700s. It is a GREAT book and well worth the read.
Colin Woodward writes not only about pirate life, but about the brutality and politics that led to their destruction. There is a good deal in this book about Edward Teach, Blackbeard, who later in his time spent a good deal of time cruising the waters you are looking out at from the condo balcony. You'll also learn about Woodes Rogers, a trader who ralleyed the resources to route what is in almost every way the Mafia of the 1700s. A FRIGGIN' AWESOME READ.
HOW THE OBX WORKS
You think you have tides figured out, do you? You have eight or ten years of post graduate education, do you? This book is for you. There’s more going on regarding tides than I will ever understand. Just watching the tides in front of the condo confounds me. Not as much as this book confounds me, but close.
Beaches aren’t at all static. The come. They go. They change, even from day to day they change.
PLEASE, if you don’t understand how the ocean can form rip currents that can wash the best of swimmers out to sea, WATCH THIS VIDEO. I subscribe to print and on-line OBX news and there isn’t a summer’s week that goes by without someone [sometimes] getting rescued. This is not available on Amazon.
Just when you think you know what bird you’re looking at, another flies by that you’ve never seen before. This book will help. It might also drive you crazy as a lot of shorebirds look the same.
All about the Island.
This is a really fun book containing many short chapter about all the stuff visitors see through the eyes of a year-round resident. RECOMMENDED!.
Great local stories.
Stories about the locals. The hyperlink above is to a YouTube version.