It’s a narrow strip of land that separates the Atlantic Ocean from the North Carolina coast. The tiny strip appears as no more than a pencil line on the map of the North Carolina coast. Called the Outer Banks, the long island varies from a half mile to a mile wide in most places.
The ever-moving sand of the Outer Banks is the site of a constant battle for possession between sand and vegetation. The moving dunes cover the vegetation, yet with amazing persistence. The hardy plants then cover the sand and hold it from further movement. Somehow the narrow strip of dry land seems to hold its own through hurricanes, rainstorms, and relentless winds and we can travel the length of this land of sand and flirt with the sea.