A Surprising June 6/24/11
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Who would have guessed that we would go from May 7 until early the morning of June 20 without any significant precipitation?

For most of June, we have seen nearly perfect blue skies. When the winds have cooperated, it has been a great time to be
out on the water.

With so much great weather, I have managed to enjoy some really special waters which are
still just like God made them.

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Bluewater Cove and Raymond’s Gut are my channel to the area’s fantastic waters.

There are few things prettier than our cove when the sky is blue and the water is reflecting that color.

My favorite boating circuit takes me down the White Oak River to Swansboro, then over to Bear Island where we follow the navigable water over to the Point at Emerald Isle and eventually head home by the way of the channel from Bogue Inlet.

Sometimes when I just have a few minutes, a
quick boat ride just to Swansboro will provide just a nice taste of the water. As you can see from these pictures, it is a very beautiful ride down the river.

Recently we have had a few days where our blue skies have disappeared and been replaced by smoke from
a wildfire in Pender County. On June 23, we could hardly see our own inlet because of the dense smoke.

The smoke was bad enough one day that I felt the need to
escape to Third Street Beach which turned out to be far enough east to offer relief from the smoke.

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With all the opportunities to be on the water or outside walking the beach, I have had a ball.

We have even managed to catch some nice fish including
this cobia which we quickly returned to the waters of Bogue Sound.

While fishing has been a little slow, we can usually catch enough small bottom fish to keep ourselves entertained.

With our recent spell of hot weather, the ocean waters along the beaches have been
perfect for a cooling dip.

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With the hot temperatures this has been spectacular tomato growing weather. Our granddaughter picked our first large tomato on June 10th. We might have been able to pick it a day or two earlier, but we saved it for her visit.

All in all this has been a very good month. Everyone who made it to the beach seems to have
enjoyed Memorial Day.

There have also been some
quiet times in the cove, and we even managed to make a day trip to Nags Head to have a look at the new Jeanette’s Pier.

It has been a good
summertime at the beach so far in 2011.

I have updated my flyer about the area. It includes things to do at the beach, some restaurant suggestions, and a local map with some of the services we use. It can be downloaded from a link on my Crystal Coast Life welcome page.

More information on the area is available at my new Swansboro area travel guide or if your plans are to head to the beach, I have an updated Emerald Isle Travel Guide.




Why we love it here?
It is hard to say that any place is perfect. However, for those who think a walk on the beach is better than a trip to the mall, the Crystal Coast is hard to beat.

For thoughts on where we have chosen to live, I would steer you to my articles, Ten ways Carteret County met our needs and Why I love living in Carteret County

My Crystal Coast, Salt Water on Your Feet site also has a number of articles for people considering a move to the Crystal Coast.

We’ve even found a great church home at Cape Carteret Presbyterian Church.

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.

This is a link to a simple map of the area. There are more detailed ones in our Emerald Isle Travel Guide.

You can find a introduction to the area and links to most of my other blogs at this link or visit this page for the basics.

Since March 2013 I have published two new books. In early March I finished my book,
A Taste for the Wild, Canada’s Maritimes. If you enjoy what I write and want to know more about me, this one book which is only $2.99 will provide a lot of insight into the person that I am.

If you need some help convincing your spouse that a trip to Canada’s Maritimes would be worthwhile, the book builds a strong case that Americans should visit Canada’s three Maritime provinces, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. I like to say the book is worth the $2.99 just for the story about our honeymoon on the barrens of Newfoundland where we almost disappeared.

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Our latest book, The 2013 Emerald Isle Travel Guide - A Week at the Beach, has many pictures, maps, and suggestions for a great vacation her on the coast. You can still vacation here and pretend that this is an earlier time if you leave the iPods and smartphones at home.

Do not miss our book, it is a beach lover’s guide to loving the beach.

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If you are interested in more information about me, check out the about me section of my main website.

It has links to many other places where my writing is posted. You can also visit this site to see what I have recently published.

More general information about the mainland where I live is available at
this link to my Swansboro to Cape Carteret area page.

You will find some helpful area details that might make folks think you are a local, but for the real local experience and information head for
our travel guide.






Why we love it here?
It is hard to say that any place is perfect. However, for those who think a walk on the beach is better than a trip to the mall, the Crystal Coast is hard to beat.

For thoughts on where we have chosen to live, I would steer you to my articles, Ten ways Carteret County met our needs and Why I love living in Carteret County

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.

Reading those articles lets you spend a virtual day with me. You can feel for how easy it is to enjoy life along the White Oak River. Living in a small subdivision near Cape Carteret isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but we have found it to be a great place for boating, relaxing, and learning to appreciate the world around us.

Our area is close to services and even closer to the beach but not on the beach. We have a dock behind the house, and there are some great trails nearby. I can ride my bike in the neighborhood and not face a lot of traffic. We’ve even found a great church home at Cape Carteret Presbyterian Church.

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

Ocracoke Waves

Crystal Coast Life Blog

Crystal Coast Blog 09

Crystal Coast Blog 08

Some archived articles