Photos on Wikipedia

February 9, 2016 § Leave a comment

Not sure if this is a recent update or if I’d just not noticed before, but the Wikipedia entry on Core Banks has some good photos, including this one:

core_banks_beach_-_2013-06_-_14Really takes me back to the days of playing on that beach while my dad fished.


In the News: ATVs on Core Banks

November 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

There’s a proposal to require people to purchase permits in order to drive their all-terrain vehicles on Core Banks:

Fishers, visitors object to off-road rules

Fall Fishtravaganza–Cape Lookout

October 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

Here’s video of mullet running off Cape Lookout–and, apparently, a bunch of sharks that showed up for dinner.

I can remember my dad and his friends going on fishing trips in the fall and talking about the tremendous numbers of fish in the water. Am thinking they did most of their fishing this time of year at Drum Inlet.

‘Abandoned things, buried in the sand’

June 29, 2014 § Leave a comment


I came across this poem by Marjory Wentworth when I was attending the S.C. Book Festival a month ago.  Wentworth is the S.C. poet laureate. This poem is published in the book New and Selected Poems.  I also discovered that Wentworth had collaborated with Mary Edna Fraser for an exhibit about barrier islands.

Surf Fishing

November 26, 2013 § Leave a comment


Dick Jones, writer and surf fishing enthusiast. This is the photo he ran with an article on surf fishing at Core Banks.

Fishing is the reason my father started going to Core Banks, so that also means it’s the reason we were squatters.  I remember quite a few days spent digging a hole to China with my sisters while my dad fished from the beach.

Here’s an article from the High Point, N.C., newspaper by a man who’s done some surf fishing at Core Banks. Lots of details about the what/when/where.  Also, he happens to look like (and apparently also identify with) Santa–so that’s a bit of extra fun.

Core Banks Closed?

October 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

Occurred to me that the place where we once lived as lawless squatters might actually be “closed” during this federal shutdown.

According to a newspaper article:

Cape Lookout Superintendent Pat Kenny was at the Harkers Island Visitor Center Tuesday as NPS staff and volunteers prepped the park for closure. The staff had to notify all visitors to the park they had to leave, including ones that were staying out on the islands.

“The park is effectively closed to all visitors,” Mr. Kenney said. “The visitors aren’t happy. Some of these folks have been planning this (visit) for a year. As an agency, we’re disappointed; there’s a lot of benefits to the local community to have a park, but without an appropriation, we can’t work.”

So, I’m assuming the entire Core Banks are closed…though I’m not sure how you keep people with boats away when there’s no one working.

Bashing Our Plywood Winnebago

October 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

We tended to think of our crazy-ass beach vehicles as charming and quirky.  Apparently, they are also environmental disasters. I’d read it before (in a guidebook to the Outer Banks) and been a little mortified.  Now a random Google search turned up this blog entry by Benjamin Preston posted on The New York Times site earlier this summer:

Everyone did it, and on the two islands comprising the Core Banks, a vehicle’s ferry ride was usually a one-way trip; it became someone’s guaranteed ride in that remote fisherman’s vacationland until it broke or was covered by drifting sand.

His article reports that about 1,500 vehicles were removed from Core Banks in 1976.

Preston quotes a park ranger, Karen Duggan:  “They ran anything and everything. I’ve even seen a picture of a Duesenberg out there. When the cars got stuck or no longer ran, they just left them there.”

Read the whole article and see a couple of photos here: The Secret Buried Cars of North Carolina’s Core Banks

Preston also links to these newspaper articles:

Clean Up on Core Banks Delayed

Banks cars’ registration is planned

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