September and October turned out to be really busy, but in a good way. I was able to go on my first ever backpacking trip to South Mountains State Park and also head out to the Outer Banks a few days later for a 3 night camping trip. I'm not sure there's a single photo from the backpacking trip that's worth sharing (I only took my P&S), but I did take a few photos on my car camping trip that I'll post.
My trip was a big loop starting/ending in Raleigh (naturally). I drove from Raleigh to the National Park Campground in Frisco, NC ($20). The following day I took the ferry (free) from Hatteras Village to Ocracoke Island. I spent the next night at the NPS Ocracoke Campground ($23). The next morning I took the Ocracoke->Cedar Island Ferry ($15) and then met G at the Hammocks Beach State Park visitor center. We took the 3:30pm passenger ferry ($5/person) to Bear Island for an overnight ($10). I was lucky to have perfect weather and finally knocked a few items off my camping wishlist.
I took lots of photos, but realized that I'm pretty rusty and making silly mistakes or oversights (like bringing my polarizing filter but forgetting to put it on for half the trip). The much talked about OBX bugs (huge mosquitoes) were still active in October (can't imagine the summer months) and drove me into my tent pretty quickly so I only snapped a few night photos, which I regret now.
Ferry From Ocracoke to Cedar Island -- somewhere in the Pamlico Sound
Looking Toward Emerald Isle from Bear Island
Bear Island Campsite Behind the Dunes
Sunrise on Bear Island
I definitely want to go back to Ocracoke and I hope to make an annual overnight on Bear Island. There is something very cool about sharing a 3.5 mile long island with only 20 or so people, getting to watch the sunset, the stars come out, a huge moon rise, and then the sun rise the next morning....all just steps from your tent.