The festival was similar to other Southern style festivals: lots of amazing fried and fresh food, artisans from around the state selling their wares, and music every night with a street dance. I partook in the festivities which kicked off a day late due to Hurricane Arthur. The hurricane caused little to no damage in the area, and the rest of my stay was crystal clear and perfect. Oriental is a beautiful little coastal town with extremely friendly people and a very large 4th of July/Croaker Fest Parade. This year, the theme was "AARGGHH The Croaker!" On my last evening there, I wandered out to the pier and spotted a pod of dolphins had swum up the river. It was my first time seeing dolphins in the wild, and it capped off the trip beautifully.
|Hurricane Arthur as seen from the Captain's Quarters|
|The Captain's Quarters|
|The black fin in the distance is a dolphin|
|Dragon nesting site. These are all over Oriental.|
|Shrimp Boat (note the fancy shrimp!)|
|Witt's End, the first drinking establishment in Oriental|