(by Ashlee Arendt)
March 22, 2017
(by Jessa Hahn)
Today we spent the day at Ocracoke Island. We missed the ferry that we wanted to get on to go over to the island, so to pass time we went to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum to take up the time. The museum had artifacts and information on the history of the coast here on Hatteras.
After a storm here on the island, hundreds of bags of Doritos washed up on to shore. (I wish that would happen right now). It also had the manuscript that was transcribed when the Titanic called into the Hatteras weather station for help while it was sinking.
After the museum, we drove on to the ferry for about a 45 minute ride to the island. After the windy boat ride over, we arrived on Ocracoke. We drove to the Ocracoke lighthouse. Then we drove back into town and stopped for a few hours and went into the shops. There was a local coffee shop named the Magic Bean and they had the best smoothies!!!!!!! I got a coconut, pineapple, blueberry and lime smoothies and it was AMAZING. Most of the other shops were closed.
After we were done shopping, we started to head back back to the ferry but we made a pit stop along the way. We stopped at a beach access and spent a few hours at the beach. Today’s weather was gorgeous with clear sky’s, low 70s, and the sun was shinning all day.
After we returned from Ocracoke, we headed to dinner. Tonight we had TACOOOS because taco tuesdays still count even then you’re on an island! After dinner we all headed down to the beach to sit and relax while the sun set below the dunes. We saw dolphins jumping in the waves. It was a sight to see. After the beach we came back to the apartment and hung out and played games and watched the Office. Overall today was fun from start until finish.
Today was our day off but tomorrow we are back to work helping the Ocean Center. At the end of each day, I get excited to see what the next day will bring!!
(by Shannon VanDenEng)
After our past two days of driving, we were finally able to wake up with the sunrise on the beach in beautiful Hatteras.
Today marks day two of our glorious trek to Hatteras.
(by Marina Garcia)
Today is our first day of spring break! We left at about 4:00am, and it has been a very long, but adventurous day. We are driving to our destination and have travelled through Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and we’re at our destination for the day – West Virginia! We are so excited to be here (and halfway to North Carolina!)
Here’s what everyone is excited for:
Karis – Getting to know everyone…awe.
Shannon – Seeing the way that other people live in other parts of the United States.
Jessa – Giving back to the community.
Taylor – Working with the Hatteras Island Ocean Center.
Ashlee – The hopefulness of seeing sea turtles.
Marina – Working with this group of people.
Josh – Another day of the road trip and getting to know everyone.
Nathan – Learning more about the area we’re visiting…and driving the Suburban.
Ryan – Taking pictures of the Milky Way when we’re on the island.
Greg – See Matt’s (the director of the Ocean Center and UWO Alumni) world.
A few highlights of the include:
- Good car ride music, switching to a hotel room that doesn’t smell like smoke, having an amazing dinner at Cracker Barrel, and exploring the river next to our hotel. Also, we were able to watch the last 12 minutes of the Badger game… Their win broke most of our brackets, but Go Badgers!
We are so excited to get to Hatteras, NC tomorrow evening. The weather is supposed to be around 50-60 degrees, but we’ll be on an island, so we can’t complain too much! 😉
UW Oshkosh Students are awesome!
I’ve worked on this campus for the past 10 years, and I tell you what; just when the coolest student ever graduates and steps into their future, another amazing student steps in to take their place. In just 2 days, I get the honor of accompanying 9 students to Hatteras, North Carolina in the Outer Banks. And I know that at colleges all over the country, there are students doing the same kinds of things, but as I’ve been getting to know these 9 students in preparation for our upcoming trip, I’m again amazed at the heart, the passion, the fun and the sincerity that a group of 18-23 year olds exhibits.
This team is sweet to work with. We have 2 students that are just 2 months away from their graduation. One student is a first year student who visited the UWO campus and knew this was where she was supposed to be. Another student is a transfer that we stole fair and square from Stevens Point. We have a student that I swear is going to be the best teacher kids have ever had, a student that is on her way to being a nurse, another a social worker, a student leader that works in our Residence Life program and finally, a student who is a guru with sustainability and environmental sciences!
Each of these students has decided to spend their Spring Break traveling to North Carolina to serve a not-for-profit Ocean Center on Hatteras Island. Check this place out: http://www.hioceancenter.org/ In fact, a UW Oshkosh Alum is the director there, and we’re headed down to help him clean up post-hurricane season and get ready for a busy tourism schedule. (And we may just squeeze in some time to kayak, bike and paddle board too…)
We will keep you updated each step of the way, (and a picture of our team will be coming once we can all be in the same place at the same time!) and are thankful for your support!