What's new
US Message Board 🦅 Political Discussion Forum

Register a free account today to become a member! Once signed in, you'll be able to participate on this site by adding your own topics and posts, as well as connect with other members through your own private inbox!

The Outer Banks ("OBX") of North Carolina

DGS49

Platinum Member
Joined
Apr 12, 2012
Messages
11,175
Reaction score
6,164
Points
1,065
Location
Pittsburgh
I just got back from a week at the Outer Banks, and two things struck me heavily (aside from the enjoyment of the vacation):

There were literally thousands of vacation homes, valued at 3/4 million and up, and even though many, if not most of them were purchased through some sort of shared ownership, they still represent untold millions of DISCRETIONARY dollars, spent by Americans so that they can have a week or two of enjoyment at a beach that is...to be honest...not so great. No surfing, the swimming varies between awful and dangerous. Hell, even wading in the water is dangerous (details provided if you want). The best thing about the beaches is that they are not crowded.

The second thing was...ready for this?...everyone was white. No Blacks, no Indians, no Chinese, no Arabs. Hell, there were barely any Italians. One can only hope that the reason for this is that BIPOC's with the means have other places where they prefer to vacation.

It's a good place to relax - we've been going there on and off for decades - and as time goes by there are more and more things to do. It is a very popular place to vacation for people from Western Pennsylvania and Ohio, judging by license plates.
 

miketx

Diamond Member
Joined
Dec 25, 2015
Messages
94,914
Reaction score
37,110
Points
2,290
Or so the Germans would have you believe.
 

harmonica

Diamond Member
Joined
Sep 1, 2017
Messages
43,080
Reaction score
19,049
Points
2,300
..I was stationed at Camp Lejeune ..I took a trip there once ..we just drove up there....looked around...ate and left......went to Wilmington a couple of times to drink ....
..it's a hurricane hazard though, being low land, I thought
 

Dekster

Gold Member
Joined
Dec 11, 2014
Messages
10,251
Reaction score
3,303
Points
345
I just got back from a week at the Outer Banks, and two things struck me heavily (aside from the enjoyment of the vacation):

There were literally thousands of vacation homes, valued at 3/4 million and up, and even though many, if not most of them were purchased through some sort of shared ownership, they still represent untold millions of DISCRETIONARY dollars, spent by Americans so that they can have a week or two of enjoyment at a beach that is...to be honest...not so great. No surfing, the swimming varies between awful and dangerous. Hell, even wading in the water is dangerous (details provided if you want). The best thing about the beaches is that they are not crowded.

The second thing was...ready for this?...everyone was white. No Blacks, no Indians, no Chinese, no Arabs. Hell, there were barely any Italians. One can only hope that the reason for this is that BIPOC's with the means have other places where they prefer to vacation.

It's a good place to relax - we've been going there on and off for decades - and as time goes by there are more and more things to do. It is a very popular place to vacation for people from Western Pennsylvania and Ohio, judging by license plates.

I know a fair number of people who have second homes on the out of the way places along the carolina coast. Often the do rentals during the season to make the payments and then use it themselves "off-season". They don't go there to party like it is spring break. They go there for the peace and quiet and to escape civilization, work, etc. People who go to the coast looking for something to do, usually hit up Myrtle Beach or Virginia Beach/Williamsburg.
 

miketx

Diamond Member
Joined
Dec 25, 2015
Messages
94,914
Reaction score
37,110
Points
2,290
..I was stationed at Camp Lejeune ..I took a trip there once ..we just drove up there....looked around...ate and left......went to Wilmington a couple of times to drink ....
..it's a hurricane hazard though, being low land, I thought
My wife was stationed there as well.
 

iamwhatiseem

Platinum Member
Joined
Aug 19, 2010
Messages
29,314
Reaction score
12,006
Points
1,090
Location
On a hill
Much like the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge area.
Many 1000's vacation rentals.
You can invest in a 3 bdrm cabin, fairly shoddily built, for between $700k to $1,000,000 depending on location.
That cabin will rent for between $350 - $500 a day.
 

harmonica

Diamond Member
Joined
Sep 1, 2017
Messages
43,080
Reaction score
19,049
Points
2,300
My wife was stationed there as well.
.....my buddy and I went on a canoe at the bay on our off time ....went down the bay, then turned into a ''river'' which turned into a narrow creek ...got out and walked a little ..back into the canoe.....then my buddy said ''look at that alligator!! ''''!!...I never knew there were gators there...we patrolled/hiked through the swamps all the time !!!! it gets cold there......
..we had a BBQ at a pavilion right next to the bay...one time driving over the bridge, I saw a gator jump into the water right by that pavilion
 

Otis Mayfield

Diamond Member
Joined
Sep 17, 2021
Messages
1,110
Reaction score
1,061
Points
1,893
..I was stationed at Camp Lejeune ..I took a trip there once ..we just drove up there....looked around...ate and left......went to Wilmington a couple of times to drink ....
..it's a hurricane hazard though, being low land, I thought

All those expensive homes in the flood zone are insured by the federal government for some reason.

Your tax dollars have gone to rebuild those homes on more than one occasion.
 

andaronjim

Diamond Member
Gold Supporting Member
Joined
May 6, 2015
Messages
29,466
Reaction score
16,301
Points
1,415
Location
Floor E Da
I just got back from a week at the Outer Banks, and two things struck me heavily (aside from the enjoyment of the vacation):

There were literally thousands of vacation homes, valued at 3/4 million and up, and even though many, if not most of them were purchased through some sort of shared ownership, they still represent untold millions of DISCRETIONARY dollars, spent by Americans so that they can have a week or two of enjoyment at a beach that is...to be honest...not so great. No surfing, the swimming varies between awful and dangerous. Hell, even wading in the water is dangerous (details provided if you want). The best thing about the beaches is that they are not crowded.

The second thing was...ready for this?...everyone was white. No Blacks, no Indians, no Chinese, no Arabs. Hell, there were barely any Italians. One can only hope that the reason for this is that BIPOC's with the means have other places where they prefer to vacation.

It's a good place to relax - we've been going there on and off for decades - and as time goes by there are more and more things to do. It is a very popular place to vacation for people from Western Pennsylvania and Ohio, judging by license plates.
Sure seems to me that it is all a waste of money since AOC said that the world is going to end in 10 1/2 years now with the waters going to cover all the coastline...Do those living there think AOC is a big fat liar?
 

strollingbones

Diamond Member
Joined
Aug 18, 2008
Messages
89,457
Reaction score
23,639
Points
2,190
Location
chicken farm
the upper banks are packed..if you want a true outer banks experience go to ocracoke...a twelve mile island ...accessible by ferry or boat...or small plane...hwy 12 is going under...soon the whole island will...they have markers showing the water level of each hurricane...one was 5 ft ...and this was inland on the island
 

Lysistrata

Platinum Member
Joined
Oct 11, 2017
Messages
17,424
Reaction score
6,422
Points
360
It's a nice quiet place to go for a laid-back vacation. We used to rent a place at Whalebone Junction (easy to escape to the mainland on the causeway if necessary). I have a fond memory of packing up my excellent hunting-and-gathering skills, crab lines, and fishing gear, determined to come home with dinner for the four of us. I succeeded by expertly flipping my charge card at Whalebone Seafood.

It's a nice, quiet place in the southern part of the main island, but Nags Head, Duck, and Kitty Hawk are too commercial. Frankly, I wouldn't spend big bucks on a house built on a very large sandbar that is ground zero for east-coast hurricanes. And it's worse on the other islands south of the Oregon Inlet where Route 12 is the only way out in a pinch, the island is only a few hundred feet wide, and you have to take a ferry. I wondered how people could live permanently on Ocracoke, but there are some really old houses there.

I haven't been there in years, but I remember it as being very white. Maybe times have changed and more people of color have discovered it and hopefully have been given a nice welcome.

You went wading in the water, got knocked over by a wave, and raked across the pebbles and rocks on the bottom. I hope that you weren't roughed up too badly.
 

strollingbones

Diamond Member
Joined
Aug 18, 2008
Messages
89,457
Reaction score
23,639
Points
2,190
Location
chicken farm
view from our rental house

1632664053420.png


sound side
 

strollingbones

Diamond Member
Joined
Aug 18, 2008
Messages
89,457
Reaction score
23,639
Points
2,190
Location
chicken farm
still white with mexican servers...we went to the flying melon and had the same waiter person as we had in 2015
 

evenflow1969

Gold Member
Joined
Jul 17, 2016
Messages
7,666
Reaction score
2,129
Points
140
Location
Ohio
I just got back from a week at the Outer Banks, and two things struck me heavily (aside from the enjoyment of the vacation):

There were literally thousands of vacation homes, valued at 3/4 million and up, and even though many, if not most of them were purchased through some sort of shared ownership, they still represent untold millions of DISCRETIONARY dollars, spent by Americans so that they can have a week or two of enjoyment at a beach that is...to be honest...not so great. No surfing, the swimming varies between awful and dangerous. Hell, even wading in the water is dangerous (details provided if you want). The best thing about the beaches is that they are not crowded.

The second thing was...ready for this?...everyone was white. No Blacks, no Indians, no Chinese, no Arabs. Hell, there were barely any Italians. One can only hope that the reason for this is that BIPOC's with the means have other places where they prefer to vacation.

It's a good place to relax - we've been going there on and off for decades - and as time goes by there are more and more things to do. It is a very popular place to vacation for people from Western Pennsylvania and Ohio, judging by license plates.
Interesting observations. I spend all my time on the water fishing when I am there never really paid attention to what was happening on land. Really good blue fin fishing there. Get a decent sized blue fin you have a ten thousand dollar day. There is some blue crab in the area also.
 

Darkwind

Platinum Member
Joined
Jun 18, 2009
Messages
29,233
Reaction score
11,115
Points
910
Interesting observations. I spend all my time on the water fishing when I am there never really paid attention to what was happening on land. Really good blue fin fishing there. Get a decent sized blue fin you have a ten thousand dollar day. There is some blue crab in the area also.
That is interesting. How much do you normally get for a Blue Fin?
 

evenflow1969

Gold Member
Joined
Jul 17, 2016
Messages
7,666
Reaction score
2,129
Points
140
Location
Ohio
That is interesting. How much do you normally get for a Blue Fin?
If a keeper 5k to 30 k. Not just based on size but also quality of meat. Average is 10 k. Don't always get one but always have the excitement of that possiblity! Even if ya blank you had a nice day on the water.
 
OP
DGS49

DGS49

Platinum Member
Joined
Apr 12, 2012
Messages
11,175
Reaction score
6,164
Points
1,065
Location
Pittsburgh
The joke used to be that people went to the Outer Banks BECAUSE there was nothing in particular to do there. No honky tonk, boardwalks, amusement parks. The big event was seeing the Roanoke Lost Colony play.

Fishing seems to be big. People like to go see the wild horses. Lots of people with 4WD's like to go up to the sand dunes where you are permitted to drive the beach (north of Corolla). Several establishments have facilities to lower and raise tire pressures to facilitate sand driving. I keep thinking that boating on the sound would be fun, but boats are rare over there. There are swimming pools, tennis courts, pickleball courts, gyms, golf courses, basketball courts, putting greens, hot tubs, and on and on.

The water is hazardous to most humans because the subsurface of the water is greatly uneven, and riptides are common. You can be standing waist-deep, 100 yards out, walk directly toward the shore and be in over your head in a trice. If that happens while you are being assaulted by waves from the rear, it can be a problem.

The beach, on the other hand, is quite nice. Not heavily populated, white sand, lots of rental stuff if you don't have beach tackle with you.
 

USMB Server Goals

Total amount
$142.00
Goal
$350.00

Most reactions - Past 7 days

Forum List

Top