On Ghosts and the Outer Banks

There are stories of pirates, pillaging and ghosts on the Outer Banks.  One legend says that Blackbeard was caught at Teach’s Hole (later named this, as Blackbeard’s name was originally Edward Teach) and his head chopped off.  His body jumped into the water and swam three times around the ship.

There are other stories of hauntings and visions.  On Memorial Day, when we remember those who are no longer with us, the presence of spirits seems to hang in the humid air thickly.

Many say they have seen ghosts.  Just a flash out of the corner of their eyes, a rustle behind them, something imaginary, or not?

Last night I went ghost hunting.  We took a flashlight and a bucket.  We  were looking for small ghosts.

If I saw a ghost out of the corner of my eye, I might not believe it.  But if you go with friends, and they see it too it’s hard not to believe.

So we went to the beach at sunset.  And we waited and walked, and once all traces of light had fled the sky it happened!  Out of the corner of my eye I saw something move — scurry actually — across the sand to the ocean.  It was a ghost!

It seemed only a fleeting apparition, but then, someone shined the flashlight and it stopped dead in its tracks and I got a closer look.  Ghosts can come in all shapes and sizes . . . my ghost is a small ghost as I said, tiny actually . . .

And not very pretty I might say . . .

If you want to pick them up, grab them from behind because they’re pinchy ghosts . . .

And keep them in a bucket for a while, otherwise people might not believe you actually saw one . . .

When you’re done ghost crab hunting, let them go and watch them scurry across the sand . . . because these ghosts, like ghosts all over the place, like to return to their own haunts . . .

 

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