Since that was sort of a long rattle, I’ll keep this little tidbit rather short. One of my very favorite places on earth—next to my own backyard—is the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Ocracoke Island is only accessible by plane or boat and boasts wild ponies descended from horses marooned on the island after Spanish exploration and shipwrecks. Out there is more history than you’d think possible for a tiny little square of land floating between the Pamlico Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. For instance, one of my favorite bits of trivia is the fact that there is a part of the island that is British soil.
Few people know that the British sent ships to help America patrol the coast against Nazi U-boats during World War II. On May 11, 1942, the HMS Bedfordshire was sunk by a U-boat, resulting in the loss of the entire crew. Four sailors were buried on what is now called British Cemetery Road on Ocracoke. The land where the graves lie was leased in perpetuity to the British government so that the sailors can be at rest on British soil. There is an additional set of graves on Hatteras Island as well.
The more I type, the more I realize I could talk all day about my favorite place. We’ll have to do this again soon!
Jodie Bailey's latest novel Crossfire is available now from Love Inspired Suspense. She is definitely ready to get back to the beach this spring!