Canadian Geese line the living shoreline bulkhead at Moor Shore Road in Kitty Hawk enjoying a warm January day.

Canadian Geese line the living shoreline bulkhead at Moor Shore Road in Kitty Hawk enjoying a warm January day.

We’ve had a string of wonderful springlike days to welcome the New Year here on the Outer Banks.

It won’t last, weather being what it is and this being winter. Still it’s awfully nice to step outside and have the high temperature be in the high 60s or maybe even 70. There’s been plenty of sunshine to go with that as well.

If the forecast is to be believed, and it probably is reasonably accurate, it is going to get more winter like over the next few days on the Outer Banks. Not winter-like as in New England or even Pennsylvania, but still certainly colder.

Winter, a Special Outer Banks Time

Winter is a magical time on the Outer Banks. Those springlike days are pretty rare actually, but what makes things so special around here is how the pace of life slows to a village or small town feel. Friends have a bit more time to say “Hello” to each other. Go into the stores and the folks at the register are just a bit more chatty.

A walk on an Outer Banks beach in the winter is a study in solitude. There may be a few other people out, often with a dog, or maybe a couple strolling along looking for shells and beach glass. But mostly the beach is a place that you will have to yourself.

It’s a good idea to have a windbreaker or extra layer on for that walk on the beach. It’s not the cold, it’s the wind. Part of what makes that walk so magical is the feeling of the power of nature—the roar of waves crashing onto the shore…the scent of salt water in the air… the breeze that is a constant because there is nothing to slow it down.

There are still things to do, even at this time of the year. Concerts to check out. Wonderful restaurants that have remained open. But when everything is said and done, the real magic to the Outer Banks is that wonderful sense of being a part of nature.

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