Slipping into the Holidays
As I am writing this, we have made it to the weekend before Thanksgiving 2012.

This fall has been
a little different along the Crystal Coast. After Hurricane Sandy brushed us, temperatures went into a nosedive.

We got weather that is
more typical of winter than fall. However, I shouldn’t complain since we have enjoyed some nice days, but we are accustomed to better.

average temperatures in November are 66 degrees Fahrenheit for the high. Our low temperatures normally run about 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

We have not done very well at maintaining those temperature averages as you can see from
this screen capture.

Of course all this complaining is relative. As I hinted earlier, we did have two days last weekend when we slipped into the seventies and headed for the water.

It was
very nice out on the White Oak River even if I didn’t catch anything. I parked my kayak by one of the oyster rocks for a while. I also spent some time working the the marsh grasses and my favorite trout hole.

I have been hoping for a repeat of last November when I had
a lot of fish in my backyard. While it looks like the Nor’easter developing the weekend of November 17 will not be a serious problem for the Southern Outer Banks, it will be enough to keep us at the dock. The Hatteras area which is already suffering from the last two storms will have more serious problems to add to the challenges they are already facing.

As long as we can get four or five days a week when our inlet is as quiet as the picture and has skies just as blue, I’m going to remain pretty happy.

Fall was a great season for chasing puppy drum and other fish. One Saturday I even brought home a nice flounder which I managed to get into the frying pan about an hour after I caught him.

It has also been nice enough for a few hikes over on the Point on Emerald Isle. My post-Sandy survey of the The Point indicated that the area was mostly unscathed by Sandy.

My post,
The Point After Sandy, provides lots of information about sand movement at the Point over the last five years. Even with fishermen driving on the sands of the Point, I found it very uncrowded when I did my survey.

The water temperature has dropped quickly this fall, but it hasn’t gotten cold enough to keep us off the water.

Our home just three miles up the White Oak River has yet to see a serious frost. It has been great growing weather and
our pansy-lettuce patch is doing very well.

Even if the weather is less than perfect, I try to take my skiff out on the river at least once a week.

One of the nice things about November is that we start get some great late season sunsets. While not ever afternoon is warm, there are enough of them to entice me out to the river. There are few things more pleasurable than being out on the river late in the evening while you can still feel some warmth from the water.

The deep blues and golds of the this time of year are some of my favorite colors. I sometimes think those peaceful colors help get me ready for the quiet holidays that are the norm here on the Crystal Coast.

Even as the days are getting shorter, one of my favorite things to do is slip out on the river just as the sun is starting to set. It takes about ten minutes to load my gear in the skiff and get on the water to my favorite sunset spot.

There is a good place with lots of deep, quiet water near the Red Sixteen channel marker
in the White Oak River where I can relax and capture the sunset as the sun slides behind the trees and the silhouetted shoreline of Onslow County.

Getting back on the beach and the river has been a real treat after our recent trip of 2,800 miles to visit friends in the Canadian Maritimes. A long trip like that helps you really appreciate home. I truly enjoyed visiting our friends, but I was glad to get back in my own bed. I was pleased to snag my best puppy drum of the year just two or three days after getting out he car. It is always hard to leave during fishing season.

If tales of kayaking, beautiful beaches, and fishing at your doorstep sound enticing and make you wish for the smell of salt air, you can find some quick links for planning a beach vacation at
my Welcome to the Beach site.

If you have already made up your mind to come for a visit, take the plunge and get the full scoop on what to do at the beach by buying our book, “
A Week at the Beach, An Emerald Isle Travel Guide.” It is only $4.99 and available in Kindle format and can be read on almost any electronic device by using free Kindle reader software.

If you need something this winter to read and occupy your time before it is time to leave for the beach, try our new book,
The Pomme Company. It is an amazing story of Apple Computer as seen from the inside.

There are lots more links to pictures and regular events on the coast at
my Crystal Coast Links page.

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

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