It all began one day at my embroidery machine. I created a monogram with the letters O-B-X and framed it with an anchor. It was the beginning of OBX Monogram Shop and then ALLIE JUNE. You may see our OBX Anchor on a car window or quarter zip sweatshirt and recognize it from your stay on the Outer Banks. For me, the OBX Anchor is more than a trademark, however. It is a symbol of what life on a sandbar is all about.
We all need anchors. When I can’t do it all by myself, I count on the support of the anchors in my life: my family, my friends, my children’s teachers, my workout guru. Anchors keep us stable. They allow us to float around at a safe distance with the guarantee that we can always return.
The Outer Banks serves as an anchor for those of us who love the barrier islands. I found myself drawn here in 2009 and although I have pulled up anchor numerous times to visit loved ones and relieve stress, each time I cross the bridge, I feel the warm embrace of our little island.
We come alive during the summer months as traffic and population swell, each week bringing an influx of OBX lovers. Approximately 35,000 residents call Dare County their permanent home. Some own family businesses. Others work multiple jobs in the hospitality industry in order to drive along the ocean on the way to work.
Sometimes, however, nature puts things in perspective for us all. Many of us who have spent lazy afternoons on our beautiful beaches have had a hand in storm cleanup. As anyone who has seen Jim Cantore rant on the Weather Channel knows, our piece of paradise lies in the vulnerable path of destruction. Houses flood. Trees fall. Power eludes us, sometimes for weeks, during hurricanes and tropical storms.
We Outer Bankers live with the potentially life-changing winds and rain because, in the long run, the Outer Banks is an anchor for us all.