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Old 09-08-2016, 06:32 PM   #1
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I got here about 2 pm and there was 1 dining tent up, but it disappeared a little later. A mini-wini pulled in about 4pm and when I drove around the campground at 5 pm, we were the only 2 sites in use. I think 1 or 2 vans pulled in about dusk, but that's it.

I've got my own private bathroom and shower. Many of the sites are still a little water logged, but I found one that wasn't bad. I've got my Clam set up in a completely dry area.

Suits me because I'm going to spend most of the day sitting in a lounge chair reading with a cooler of beer sitting next to me. The sound of the surf and the smell of the salt air may get me out for a walk on the beach.

If any of you travel to Hatteras Island or Ocracoke Island, they both have community radio stations that are fantastic. A very eclectic mix of music.

With a senior pass, campsites are only $10/night at Cape Point. Other NPS Cape Hatteras Seashore campgrounds are a little more. Bathrooms and cold showers, no electricity, dump station on road leading out.
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Old 09-08-2016, 06:55 PM   #2
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Huck, this sounds like a place I would like to visit.

As a matter of fact (and slightly off topic), the DH hit Cape Hatteras ten years ago TODAY on his motorcycle. He made that trip in UNDER 80 HOURS from Cape Mendocino in California. He pioneered the ride known as the "Cape to Cape 80," but few (if any) other Ironbutt riders have tried it.

I stayed home and made posts to a website updating friends and family on his progress (as in, still alive).

Oh, BTW, he was SEVENTY when he did this

Anyway, if I ever visit Cape Hatteras, my goal is to NOT be on the back of a motorcycle, and preferably to have reading material and beer nearby as you are doing, so enjoy!
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Old 09-08-2016, 10:21 PM   #3
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Huck, sure sounds nice. Wish we could join you but I'm trying to get everything in shape for our trip to Glacier later this month. Are the mosquitos a problem after all the rain? If you get a chance, ride through the Frisco CG to see if it's as empty.

With the extended season this year, I'm sure we'll make it out there before they close. Hope to meet up with you one of these days.

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Old 09-08-2016, 11:02 PM   #4
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great find!!!

too bad it's so far away from me....LOL

funny you should mention the good radio station.....Tofino (about as far as you can get from you location on this continent) has an absolute great radio station too!!!! I wonder if being right out on the edge of a big ocean has something to do with it.....

CHMZ-FM - Tuff City Radio 90.1 FM Tofino, BC - Listen Online

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Old 09-09-2016, 08:47 AM   #5
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Sounds perfect Huck, thanks for sharing. My dear wife (who was bit reluctant about getting a trailer at first) put the outer banks on the top of our list, so it's nice to know this time of year is a quiet one. Enjoy!
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We should try to plan something for October or November. I worry if the NPS doesn't get enough revenue, they might go back to closing campgrounds right after labor day.
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Our most memorable trip to the Outer Banks was a stay at Oregon Inlet campground. We were with inlaws and using their pop-up camper. While we were over at the marina store a micro burst blew through, blew away some tents, put the pop-up next to us on it's side, took the top off a couple other pop-ups and actually moved a couple other trailers. We only had the screws for the wing support pull out.
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When we stayed on the Outer Banks, it was in the springtime, also off-season. Had pretty much the whole campground to ourselves as well.

Those cold showers were toooooo much for me! Instead, I'd bring my electric kettle and solar shower bag to the washroom with me. Used the electric outlet in the washroom to boil the kettle and used the hot water in the solar shower bag, which I then took with me into the shower. Worked out fantastically!!!
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We've stayed at Oregon Inlet 3 times during our summer vacations.
Great spot for us, as it was close to Nags Head where we have friends, grocery store and the fish market. About 60 seconds from Coquina Beach.

With the popup, due to the wind, I always put some guy lines on each corner post, pinned with 24" stakes. It stopped the roof from constantly moving and shaking and made the camper much more quiet.
Now when the first big thunder cell got right over us, boy I was glad to have them!
They may not have resisted a microburst, but we've seen a few storms where the wind blew pretty hard and nothing moved, and we felt much more secure.
See the wind pushing the canvas:

Nasty one coming:



Now I miss the OBX. Next time we go it'll be with the Trillium! Can't wait for the cold showers!!
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When we stayed on the Outer Banks, it was in the springtime, also off-season. Had pretty much the whole campground to ourselves as well.

Those cold showers were toooooo much for me! Instead, I'd bring my electric kettle and solar shower bag to the washroom with me. Used the electric outlet in the washroom to boil the kettle and used the hot water in the solar shower bag, which I then took with me into the shower. Worked out fantastically!!!
Sometimes you can find hooks in the shower to hand\g the solar bag from.
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We've stayed at Oregon Inlet 3 times during our summer vacations.
Great spot for us, as it was close to Nags Head where we have friends, grocery store and the fish market. About 60 seconds from Coquina Beach.

With the popup, due to the wind, I always put some guy lines on each corner post, pinned with 24" stakes. It stopped the roof from constantly moving and shaking and made the camper much more quiet.
Now when the first big thunder cell got right over us, boy I was glad to have them!
They may not have resisted a microburst, but we've seen a few storms where the wind blew pretty hard and nothing moved, and we felt much more secure.
See the wind pushing the canvas:

Nasty one coming:



Now I miss the OBX. Next time we go it'll be with the Trillium! Can't wait for the cold showers!!
I always tie down my Clam, in addition to the regular tent stakes. I'm trying a new method this time and so far, so good.
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update on Oregon Inlet... they now have WARM showers and new bath houses. 14 bucks with the geezer pass.
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Thanks for the info Butch. Any idea if they've made this upgrade to any of the other NPS campgrounds there?

We're planning one more trip to the OBX before they close for the season; most likely 3-4 days around the second week in November. If anyone else has any interest, post here with date preferences.

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Ocracoke is still cold as of October 5, but we talked to a ranger and warm showers are on the upgrade list there.
The warm showers at Oregon Inlet were nice, we hit it on the way to Ocracoke and back.


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