the good life
NC 12 is the main highway along north carolina's outer banks barrier islands (obx for short). a two lane road that's frequently covered with sand and/or water as some sections are just meters from the ocean for miles. and then there's the free hatteras-ocracoke ferry which is still considered highway 12 though the pavement below you is a metal hull rumbling through the shallow waters of pamlico sound.
the 40 minute ride is usually accompanied by dozens of laughing gulls who're able to score a free meal from the passengers on board... if they're not diving for the fish churned up in the wake.
love 'em or hate 'em... they're a good sign you're in the right place. of course a beer and burger at howard's with family and friends is damn good proof too.