Let's See If This Rig Can Float!
You know what's pretty fun to do with your RV? Put it on a boat and float across part of the ocean, of course!
|The Mutiny aboard the ferry (hey, there's Cleo in the window).|
But...it would save us a ton of time, mileage and money. After all, covering that distance aboard a boat meant we weren't burning our own fuel.
The first leg of the journey was a one hour free ride to Ocracoke Island with a "layover" before the connecting ferry could take us to Cedar Island. But that was okay because Ocracoke is a pretty nice place to visit.
|Cleo was not a beach dog but she tolerated that day.|
|We practically had the place to ourselves.|
It's also the home of the Banker Ponies. It's believed that the ponies residing here are descendants of the Spanish mustangs that were left behind (to lighten the load of a ship passing by) back in 1585! . The ponies (which are actually horses) now reside in the confines of a 180 acre pasture which was built by the National Parks Services and keeps them safe from the highway traffic and prevents overgrazing. The park runs an Adopt-a-Pony program which helps care for these magnificent horses (and it's only $27 a perfect gift for your friends and family)...it's a cool way to give back and do something nice.
|One of the Banker Ponies.|
|He got the raw oysters...the vegetarian/vegan options for me were pretty much just deep fried vegetables.|
|Boarding the ferry!|
|It's a tight fit but the people who work on these things are experts. Trust them...they'll get you on safe and sound.|
|Avi's trying to figure out what's going on.|
After we disembarked we still had an hour drive to the campground where we had reservations. Back then we tended to over plan, making pre-paid reservations well in advance. While this can take some of stress off while traveling it can also be a bit limiting by locking you into a specific destination. If we had to do it all over we would have camped for the night right where the ferry dropped us off since it was already almost dark. Since we had already paid for our stay in Swansboro (non-refundable) we pushed on into the dwindling light.
We stayed our one night at Waterway RV Resort in Swansboro, North Carolina. Although it was a Passport America campground (and Thousand Trails) it still was about $35 for the night. Their regular price is $69 so I suppose it was a deal. But since we arrived after dark and had to leave by 10 am we never got to enjoy the many amenities the website boasts. I don't feel comfortable giving a full review of this place since we only stayed a few hours (so it seemed) but I did notice that our overnight spot was right among permanent residents (including mobile homes).
|We were the ONLY RV in this section.|
|A well maintained "campground" with mostly mobile homes.|