My gf, puppy-dog and I will be taking a mega-road trip from Denver to Duck this August, with some awesome stops along the way. When we reach Duck, we'll be united with a slew of family chaos in a wonderful beachfront house. We are thinking that we'd like a day or 2 of "real" OBX serenity before entering the aforementioned chaos.
We've been doing the Duck trip for several years and have always been curious about the southern end of the island but able to get down there. Since we're gonna be on the road anyway, perhaps this is our time to do so.
I know that Portsmouth Island is the epitome of what we are in search of... a tent on the beach and very little interaction with other human beings. In doing some research, I can't decide if trying to get there and then getting to a suitable plot on which to stake a tent would be biting off more than we can chew. There are a handful of factors contributing to this hypopthesis, but I think my main concerns are:
1. we will be traveling in a Subaru Outback wagon. It is ALL WHEEL DRIVE as opposed to "real" 4 WHEEL DRIVE. We learned the hard way, in a rental vehicle (Jeep Cherokee), that AWD is not sufficient for driving on the beach up in Corova. Are the beaches down south similar or are they more hard-packed, by any chance, making my Subaru less likely to get stuck?
2. One of us does not get around so well... requiring crutches to walk, with limited distance and duration. If walking on the sand any sort of distance away from our vehicle is required to navigate to the camp site or whatever, this will probably be an issue.
So. Based on my two concerns above, do you agree or disagree that PI might be a little unrealistic for us? If you agree, any suggestions for other locations that might mimic the remoteness of PI along with the ability to set up camp right on the beach... or pretty darn close to it.