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True Blue ~ this was a metaphorical term use to describe an honest and hardy sailor who was true to his uniform, and uniformly true. Today we use to to talk about a person who is loyal and faithful.

Three Sheets to the Wind ~ We say this about a person who is drunk, out of it. In nautical terms: A "sheet" is a rope line attached to the lower corners of a square sail. When the "sheets" or lines are loose, the sails will flap and flutter and the ship will wander aimlessly on the water."

High and Dry ~ refers to a beached ship or one that is in the shipyard for repairs. We use us to refer to an awkward situation that may have no recourse

Cranky ~ A crank meant an unstable sailing vessel. Due to either unbalanced cargo, poor design or a possible lack of ballast, a crank would hell too far to the wind. That is not good. In everyday use, crank usually refers to an irritable person.

Pipe Down! ~ The boatswain's pipe was used to transmit commands throughout the ship. Each one has a different cadence. The final call of the day meant it was time to stop all noise and activity. The "pipe down" verbal command was used by sailors and now civilians. It means, Be Quiet!

Blind Eye ~ During the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801, Admiral Nelson deliberately held his telescope to his blind eye. That way he could not see the flag signal from the commander ordering a halt to the bombardment. He won. When we use this term today, we are referring to purposely ignore something or someone.

Over a Barrel ~ Way back, before the resuscitation methods that are used today, a near-drowning victim was draped face down, over a barrel, and rolled back and forth in an effort to drain the water from their lungs. Today it means to be in a weak or very difficult situation.

Down the Hatch! ~ Means that cargo is being lowered into the ship's hold. When we use it today we are usually toasting an event or celebrating something.

Shove Off ~ In nautical terms it is the procedure of moving the ship away from the dock and getting under way. On land, you might say it, in not such a nice way, to someone you want to leave.

Blood Money ~ Money was the financial reward for sinking an enemy ship. However, the amount of the reward was not based on the size of the ship or the importance of it either. It was based on the number of crew members killed.

The Graveyard of the Atlantic is located at 59200 Museum Drive on Hatteras Island. Website is

Thanksgiving on the Outer Banks

Yes, we are open for Thanksgiving and yes, as of now, we have rooms available. And you will not have to do dishes or cook or be stressed or have to talk to your husband's creepy brother-in-law this year. Book a room, choose your restaurant. Come down, eat, take a nap.

Corolla Wild Horses

Guest Blogger today! One of the locals took a tour to see the wonderful, the beautiful, the famous Corolla Wild Horses and shared his thoughts with us. Reminder that Corolla Outback Adventures is a Village Realty/First Colony Inn VIP partner and that means you get special rates.


My youngest daughter, who was born and raised here, came down for the weekend and Saturday was "our day". While it is supposed to be "off season" here on the Outer Banks, there are still quite a few people here enjoying the good weather, lower prices on accommodations and of course, the beach.

Sea For Two

Knowing what I know, after being here a long is what I would do while on the Outer Banks with my significant other, partner, best friend, love of my life or spouse. And hopefully, they are all the same person.

Last days of August

The thing about summer on the Outer Banks, if flies by. It is already August, well, the end of August, and while there are still lots of visitors here, most of the families with school aged children have already been here. Our local children started school today and I think by next Monday, school will have begun almost everywhere.

Where do the locals go?

It seems like one of the most popular questions we get asked is "Tells us where we should go...places that locals know about...not the places that everyone goes to". Well, that list is long and very varied but I will try. Of course it all depends on what you are interested in. For this post I am going to focus on museums, art galleries, etc.

It's Already August

We wait and wait for summer and then BOOM, it is here. But, it goes by very quickly. Many schools will be starting in just a few weeks and by the end of the month, things slow down...just a bit.

Owens Restaurant Nags Head a NC

Great Seafood, Owen's Restaurant on the Beach road

My best friend came to visit the Outer Banks last weekend. She has been living in California for the past 40 years and just moved to Greenville, SC for her job. She had not been to the Outer Banks since the last time she visited me, five years ago. So, we talked, we shopped and we ate.

Jockey's Ridge

Almost everyone who visits the Outer Banks knows a little about Jockey's Ridge and many have climbed it or gone hang-gliding. There is a lot more to Jockey's Ridge than sand...a lot of sand yes but, there are hiking trails, a boardwalk and a soundside access where you will find shallow, calm water. This is where a lot of windsurfers go. There are self-guided hiking trails too.


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