Undoubtably! The original Bonner bridge opened about the time we moved out there. I haven't been out there in 20 years. Longer than that for a real vacation. Last time I spent time there, my parents and my wife and daughter were together. We toured all the way down the 'Banks, went to Hatteras Light. and spent the night on Ocracoke. My wife didn't like the idea of water being on BOTH sides of us. We caught the ferry at 6-7 AM to go back across to the mainland. Mother didn't like the ferry once we got out of sight of land. There was a pretty good swell on since there was an approaching hurricane in the Atlantic. We, of course, needed to get the **** outta Dodge. Mom got in the car and wouldn't get out. She didn't say much, but you could tell she was worried as the ferry rose and fell, waves sometimes washing over the bow. I worked a few stations on HF during the 1 1/2(?) hour ride. That area of Eastern NC was pretty desolate in 1963 when my parents moved me out there to Hertford. I thought I'd fallen off the world, and I used to tell friends back home, "Whatever you do, don't go past Rocky Mount! You'll FALL OFF (the world)!" As far as I was concerned, the world ENDED at Rocky Mount (NC). Deserted, desolate, barren, miles and miles of sowbean fields and John Deere tractors! But, like everywhere else, I met (and remember) some really nice people down East, and I won't forget 'em. But living there just wasn't for me! I hightailed it back West after graduation, and have remained here since. But if you are looking for a place to retire to the South, look at Hertford/Elizabeth City, (NC). Hertford looks just like it did when I left 50 years ago with a few changes. It is located on the Perquimans River (yeah--hard to pronounce!). It is quaint, quiet with little to do! Now if you like fishing, boating, hunting, its the place to be! Elizabeth City is not far away, a bit larger with most of the amenities since it has grown more than Hertford. Hertford's most notable native son is Jimmy "Catfish" Hunter (deceased), late pitcher for the NY Yankees. I went to high school with him; was there at the game the night the scouts picked him for the Kansas City A's. Helen, Jim's wife, in my graduating class and a cheerleader, was at our 50th class reunion last year. And the high school I graduated from is still in use!!!! Talk about things staying the same! Oh! Forgive the ramble, but you'll never guess who ELSE had a connection to Hertford. If you are over 50 you'll remember somebody called "Wolfman Jack"! Believe it or not, he is buried near Hertford @ a community called Winfall! For those who are looking for a place to retire, these are neat little communities. You'll see lots of farms, and plenty of places to stretch your legs away from the traffic and bustle. The beach is.......oh...........................60 miles away. You can even find places to hang antennas without those pesky HOA nazis, too!!!