Our Trip to the Outer Banks of
Sept, 20-25, 2004
Left to right, Paul and Pat Brown, Sam and Marty Coulbourn
A while back we drove down to
to join some old friends for a trip to their favorite destination, the Outer
Banks of North Carolina. Fairfax, Virginia
We first met the Browns when he was an Army lieutenant colonel and I was celebrating my promotion to that same rank in the Navy, commander. We were stationed in
at the time. Paul drew on his armored cavalry experience in the U.S. Army as he
advised the Iranian Ground Forces, and I operated from my background in
submarines and destroyers to help advise the Iranian General Staff on
long-range planning. Iran
Advising Iranian officers on long-range planning was a bit of a problem, because the Shah had a habit of hearing someone brief him on what his forces could look like in five years, and he would say, “Right—let’s have that—NOW!”
Not even the best army in the world could build itself up that way. The idea of long-range planning was to work out the kinds of people you wanted to enlist in the Army, the equipment you had to buy, the schools you had to build, and so on. You did some things this year, some the next, and so on. Even with all the oil money the Shah was receiving, you couldn't have sailors, airmen, planes, air strips, ships and ports instantly!
This was in 1972. Little did the Shah know then that in seven years, he would be gone.
But back to Paul and Pat. Patricia was a pretty brunette who had married Paul right after he graduated from
West Point in 1951.
Since we left
Iran we’ve gotten together with the Browns to
visit a lot of places along the eastern seaboard of the . United States
Paul Brown was the son of an old Virginia Judge, and they lived on a part of the Judge’s old estate in
. The family homestead was reputed to have a
Confederate soldier as a ghost clattering around in the upper floors, and since
the home had been on the main road to and from Burke, Virginia Bull Run,
someone was always finding an old Confederate or Yankee bullet or belt buckle,
or some other memento of the Civil War.
After a nice breakfast we departed in Paul Brown’s ten-year-old Ford Explorer, with four-wheel drive. He had recently had the car detailed, and the engine cleaned, which somehow screwed up the ignition connection, so he had to use a screwdriver under the hood to jump start the car every time he wanted to get it running.
We stopped for lunch at a favorite place of the Browns’ in
I had some form of quesadilla which
threatened to stay with me for a long time.
We drove past Norfolk and Virginia Beach and then into North Carolina,
heading east to cross onto the Outer Banks north of Kitty Hawk. We arrived at our destination, a hotel that
made an attempt at Elizabethan décor, in Williamsburg,
VA. . Manteo, on Manteo, NC Roanoke
Island, is the site of the Lost Colony. Although it is still lost long after Sir
Walter Raleigh left it to languish four centuries ago, the local folks seem to
make it the center of their commercial enterprise.
We left Manteo and drove to the Outer Banks and Ocracoke. We drove down along the string of islands in
North Carolina that form the barrier against the Atlantic Ocean. We
arrived at Cape Hatteras,
the ferry landing where we awaited our ferry that would take us across the
inlet to Pamlico Sound, to .
Because of the problem with Paul’s car, he got out to jump start it, and when it started he had left it in gear and it started easing forward toward the end of the pier, with the three of us in it. I fumbled for the gear shift, and was able to shift to neutral just before we (1) smashed the ticket taker’s booth, and (2) plunged into
It took us a few moments to realize that three of us nearly drowned that day!
Leaving Hatteras for Okracoke
When we finally boarded the ferry at
for Ocracoke, Paul was afraid
the Explorer might not start again if he turned it off, so he wanted to let the
engine run as the ferry chugged 40 minutes across Hatteras Inlet between
islands. The ferry personnel, who had
seen how Paul had nearly killed them at the landing, were not about to let him
do that. They made him turn off the
engine. Cape Hatteras
We managed to drive off the ferry without any more dramatics, and spent the night at the Castle Inn in Ocracoke. Then we drove to Hatteras and stayed at an inn near Hatteras Light. We drove onto the beach, which requires letting a lot of the air out of your tires, and then we tried a little fishing. This was what Paul was anxious to show us— the beauty of the beach at Hatteras, on the North Carolina Outer Banks. We stayed on the beach and watched the sun set.
We didn’t catch any fish. However since we managed to keep from drowning at the ferry landing, we figured we had had a pretty good time. Somehow we managed to get the tires re-inflated.
Here are some books and papers for your consideration…
New England Economical Housekeeper title page
Family Companion, The; Containing Many Hundred Rare and Useful Receipts, on Every Branch of Domestic Economy; Second Edition by J.R. Wells, M.D. 1846 Boston, MA: J.R. Wells, M.D. Recipes for making tea, coffee (with shavings of isinglass or dried fish-skin); how to boil a calf's head; cures for apoplexy, cancer (carrot poultice), ear ache (a roasted onion in the ear), dropsy, bleeding lungs (eat salt); tips on boiling molasses; Cheap paint for a barn; how to preserve potatoes till spring; how to destroy bed bugs, rats, mice; how to remove stains from Broadcloths; Directions for washing calicoes; To keep moths out of carpets, sprinkle tobacco or black pepper on the floor before you put the carpet down. 72 pp. 11.4 x 18.2 cm. Paper booklet binding carefully hand stitched, original blue paper cover replaced by a later cardboard cover, pages foxed, poor. (5981) $27.00. Cooking/Medical
World's Fair Souvenir Coupon! 1894
Chicago, IL: American
Cereal Co. Advertising booklet includes
souvenir coupon for FREE complete set (12 pictures) of our beautiful panorama, "The
Procession of the Seasons" as it was shown at the World's Fair. Ad for
Breakfast Food. Back cover, full-color ad for Quaker Rolled White Oats. Letter
to the American Housewife introduces this small cookbook. How to cook cereals. Recipes for Quaker Breakfast Porridge, Fried
Pudding, Griddle Cakes, Quaker Oats Rolls, Quaker Oats gruel, Quaker Buckwheat
Cakes, Quaker biscuits, breakfast gems, plantation gems, waffles, crullers and
doughnuts, "F S" Rolled or Cracked Wheat, Cracked Wheat
Blanc-Mange, Farina Ice Cream, Johnny Cake, Southern Batter-Bread. centerfold
features full-color pictures of eight "F S" products 68 pp.
11.5 x 17 cm. Paper booklet, cover soiled, small chip in lower left front
corner, closed tear in back cover, 2 x 2 cm
chip missing from lower left corner of back cover. Fair. (7260) $20.00.
Eating the Russian Way, by Gould-Marks, Beryl, illustrated by Geoffrey Walker, first edition 1964 New York, NY: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc. Rich collection of Russian recipes--Blini, Tvorozhniki, several kinds of Borsch, Shchi, Okroshka, Pelmeni, Hussars' Roast, and many more. 128 pp. 13 x 19 cm. Black cloth on board with gilt decoration. Very good. (3235) $20.00. Cookbooks/Russian
White House Cook Book, a Selection of Choice Recipes original and selected, during a period of 40 years' Practical Housekeeping by Mrs. F.L. Gillette, 1889.
J.A. Hill & Co. This edition features frontispiece engraving of Frances
Folsom Cleveland, the Bride of the White House, and photograph of Connie Scott
Harrison. Guidance on carving, dinner-giving, table etiquette. Recipes include
Mulligatawny Soup, Fried Eels, Oyster Fritters, Duck Pie, Tripe Lyonaise, Baked
Calf's Head [Probably not a popular dish in these days of concern about Mad
Cow]; Gooseberry catsup, Corn Dodgers, Green Tomato Pie, more. How to cure bad
breath, dye hair, remove freckles; ox-marrow pomade for the hair. Includes
pictures of previous first ladies. Dark gray cloth on board, minor soiling,
edges rubbed, inside front hinge cracked,
521 pp. 19 x 25 cm. Very good. (2996) $36.00. Cookbooks/Presidents'
Elegant Extracts of Natural History; Collected and Revised frin a great variety of the most elegant and authentic writers in this Science, with a Preface on Education by Robert Heron. Volume 1 only. By Buffon, Thomas Jefferson, et al. 1792
E. Balfour. 494 pp. 13.5 x 21.4 cm. This is an interesting and unique approach
to explaining natural history, employing known authorities on various topics
and engaging in a bantering family dialogue to teach astronomy. In the Section
on the Human Species there is a 12 page discussion on the development of young
Mozart, by Daines Barrington; a section on Dwarfs, Giants, and 20 pages on
Slavery, by Clarkson. Also in the Human Species are segments on abstinence,
sleep, hunger, and the Orang-outang. There is a section on Quadrupeds, which
discusses, inter alia, Chamoy, the Goat, the Rein-deer, the Giraffe or
Camelopard, Tygers, written by d'Obsonville, the Glutton, the Sloth and the
Seal, Sea Lion by Buffon and Leming, by Goldsmith. There are no illustrations. Calf on board, decorated spine, exterior hinges
cracked, moderate wear overall, .5 cm. at toe of spine missing. Interior tight
and clean. Contemporary inscription on title page “John Ward".
There are no illustrations. Very good. (8322)
History Edinburgh, Scotland
Cyclopædia of Wit and Humor, The; Containing choice and characteristic selections from the writings of the most eminent humorists of America, Ireland, Scotland, and England, Ilustrated with 24 portraits on steel, and many hundred wood engravings, 2 Volumes; Burton, William E., Editor; 1858 New York, NY: D. Appleton & Co. 1136 pp. 17 x 25.5 cm. Here is a rich collection of the humor of English-speaking people up to its publishing date of 1858. Droll stories, poems, songs by American and Irish writers and speakers in Vol. I and Scottish and English writers and speakers in Vol. II. . Beautifully illustrated with 24 steel engravings of notable humorists, all with tissue guards. Two volumes, quarter leather with marbled boards, marbled page ends, five-ribbed spines with gilt titles. Minor rubbing to leather spines, altogether very good copies. ( 8330) $150.00. Humor
Loves and Heroines of the Poets Stoddard, Richard Henry, editor 1861
New York, NY: Derby & ,
Broadway. 480 pp. 19.5 x 28 cm. An elegant volume of specimens of English
love-poetry, that which is, or seems to be, addressed to particular women.
Begins with Dante Alighieri, Francesco Petrarch and Torquato Tasso, then Sir
Thomas Wyatt, Henry Howard, Damuel Daniel, Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare,
Ben Jonson, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, Charles Wolfe, George Darley,
Alfred Tennyson, Bryan Waller Proctor, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John
Greenleaf Whittier, Coventry Patmore, and many more. Splendid full leather
volume with richly blindstamped design front and back with embossed gilt title,
five ribs on spine, elegant gilt cloth inside pastedowns and gilt-edged pages.
Minor scuffing of spine and edges of cover. Very good. (8318) $70.00. Poetry Jackson
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