The heat of summer has found us early this year. We have seen several days with temperatures in the low nineties and a few days with higher temperatures.
Unfortunately the rain and even thunderstorms have been missing us. At our home along the White Oak River, we have only managed just about one inch of rain during July.
Earlier in the month we also faced the challenge of smoke from a couple of area wildfires. The fog that we had one morning was far better than the early morning smoke that plagued us for a few days.
With all the heat descending on the area, getting out on the water has been a priority.
With river water temperature in the low to mid-eighties, the best time to out on the water has been early morning.
I have made a number of runs down the river before breakfast just to enjoy time on the water without getting cooked.
An early morning 30 mph ride down the nearly deserted White Oak River will keep fresh the memories just how fun boating is in Carteret County.
When all else fails during the heat of summer, there is always the siren call of the beach.
It only takes me ten or fifteen minutes to get to one of my favorite beaches. While we have seen plenty of summer tourists, all you have to do for some elbow room is walk a little.
The picture just above was taken at the Point on Emerald Isle. I headed over there just before lunch one day. Parking was available in the Station Street lot just off of Coast Guard Road. My roundtrip hike was under two miles. There is no doubt that standing in the water at Point enjoying the elements is a great way to escape the heat.
Another one of my other favorite beaches is Third Street Beach. It is located east towards Atlantic Beach. You will find it just before you leave the town of Emerald Isle and enter Salter Path
I spent some time up there on July 26 letting the waves crash around me. I never get tired of going there.
The heat has certainly made for a great tomato crop. I even got to haul my surplus to some tomato-less relatives just after the Fourth of July. However, the lack of rain has destroyed the field corn crop in most of the county. We have seen a lot of cloudless skies.
Fortunately we did have a break from the heat in mid-July. We were even able to sleep with our windows open a few nights.
During the worst of the eastern heatwave, when many of the metro areas to the north of us were reporting triple digit temperatures, our sea breezes came to the rescue. We were lucky to be living near the water during the worst of that heat. On July 24 when the cities were cooking, the day time high temperature at our house in Bluewater Cove only made it to 91.7F.
July really has been a great month to visit our beaches. Certainly we had no rain days to keep people off the beach so far in July. Also the smoke that bothered us for a few days at the start of the month has not made a reappearance. For the most part, it has just been great beach weather.
You can find some quick links for planning a beach vacation or considering the area as a location for a second home at my Welcome to the Beach site.
If you have already made up your mind to come for a visit, you will find my updated Emerald Isle Travel Guide very useful.
Why we love it here?
It is hard to say that any place is perfect. You have to accept a balance between what you like and what you don't like but can tolerate. All of that changes as you age. At one time I was close to homesteading in Newfoundland. That is a little too far off the beaten path for me in 2011.
For thoughts on where to live, I would steer you to my articles, Ten ways Carteret County met our needs, Why I love living in Carteret County, and to the Crystal Coast Electronic Village Homepage as answers to why we have chosen this area.
My Crystal Coast, Salt Water on Your Feet site also has a number of articles for people considering a move to the Crystal Coast.
You will also find links to lots of pictures and information at my new Crystal Coast Life introduction page.
If you could spend the day with me, you would understand how easy it is to enjoy our lives along the White Oak. Living in a small subdivision near Cape Carteret isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it is a great place to boat and relax. Bluewater Cove is truly what we were looking for in a place to live. It is close to services and even closer to the beach but not on the beach. We have a dock behind the house and are close to some great trails. I can ride my bike in the neighborhood and not face a lot of traffic.
I also use my kayak on the White Oak River and have learned to love exploring the river and surrounding waters with our skiff.
This area also has some great festivals like the Newport Pig Cookoff, the Emerald Isle Saint Patrick's Day, the Swansboro Mullet Festival and the Swansboro Oyster Roast. We continue to be impressed with the Emerald Isle Christmas Parade.
It is a friendly area with a great future. So right now it is the spot for us. I often write about the area in my other websites. If you are a very avid reader, you might find some similar content on multiple sites, but usually the content is fairly specific to the sites.
These are additional sites where you can find even more information.
Crystal Coast Life
Crystal Coast Life Blog
Crystal Coast Blog 09
Crystal Coast Blog 08
Some archived articles