National Geographic : 1987 Oct
Downtime for drivers gives an Asheville, North Carolina, couple a place in the sun as they wait for the ferry connecting Hatterasand Ocracoke Islands. Jim Coddington composes songs for his rock group, ClearCreek, as his wife, Leigh Ann, catches up on college studies. Founded by marine pilots in the early 18th century, Ocracoke village (below) was a hub for shipping and a hauntfor Blackbeard and other pirates. Commercialfish ing and tourism now sustain this village of 650 surrounding an inlet called Silver Lake.