We mark our calendars at work with 'OoO' whenever we are going to be out of the office. I've come up with a new meaning for 'OoO'...October on Ocracoke. Carolee and I spent five days at the house by ourselves (not a complaint...we love to have other people around) last week, a rare event, and enjoyed some pretty spectacular weather. Carolee celebrated her birthday on Sunday the 17th by running 11 miles in preparation for her upcoming 1/2 marathon in Indianapolis and we had dinner with Dennis and Alita at Oceana's Bistro that evening. On Monday the 18th I took the ferry from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke Island and biked from the north end of the island down to the village of Ocracoke and back, a 27 mile round trip. It was a perfect day and I highly recommend hitting the Outer Banks in October when the crowds have died down (except the fisherman) and the daily highs are still in the mid to upper 70's. We are heading back to the beach next month and will spend Thanksgiving at the beach for the first time. The weather will be cooler, but the beach is good any time of the year.