You don’t buy a house on the water or move to a home near the ocean looking for excitement or a buzz that you can hear twenty-four hours a day.
When we lived in Columbia, MD between US29, US1, and Interstate 95 with the flight paths for Baltimore-Washingtion International Airport above us, there was always a humming sound from the extraordinary amount of “civilization” near our home.
At night the sky was an unusual color from all the artificial light in the area. To say that the Columbia area which is exactly half-way between Baltimore and Washington buzzed is an understatement. The funny thing is that Columbia is still considered an island of tranquility in a metropolitan sea of activity.
When we moved to the Crystal Coast, my number one goal was to be able to live on the water. We found a place in Carteret County which ended up meeting our needs in a number of ways. I believe the area is a great place for a home for those you love the out of doors and especially the water.
Living in a county that is over one half water is much different than living where you feel like almost the whole world is either paved or about to be paved.
I have enjoyed some wonderful, peaceful times on the beach especially when I am hiking over at the Point on Emerald Isle. However, where I find the world slows down the most is in Raymond’s Gut, the inlet near our home in Bluewater Cove. The best time of day to enjoy our inlet is either early morning or late evening.
I do enjoy taking our skiff out the inlet to the White Oak River and down to Swansboro and the marshes beyond the Intracoastal Waterway. However, riding in a skiff at over 30 MPH is not like being in kayak late in the evening when the only sounds you hear are your paddle dipping in the water, the wind, and the birds.
It is very hard to beat the view of the water from a kayak. Without a motor to worry about, you can just glide along and enjoy the view. With a skiff and outboard motor in our shallow waters, you have to pay attention to where you are going. It is pretty hard to get a kayak stuck even amongst our oyster rocks and shallow waters.
Life is just much more relaxed in a kayak which is probably why one of the first things that we did when we moved to the area was to buy a kayak. I have enjoyed some wonderful kayaking adventures, but most of all I treasure just getting in my kayak and paddling out to the river to watch the sun sink beneath the waters.
There are days when you can sit on the oyster rocks with your kayak in the middle of the river and enjoy the peaceful setting, but with a few exceptions, you will usually find more breeze than you want in the middle of our big coastal river.
However, if I stay in the little bay at Hancock Point or in our inlet, then kayaking is about as relaxing as anything I have ever tried. When I get back to the dock and wait for my tow out of the water, my spirits are always better than when I left. As I sit there looking at the marsh grass and our bulkhead, I often plan my next trip.
Our inlet is where I have found peace and refuge from some of the challenges of the day. If you love kayaking, there are plenty of great places here on the Southern Outer Banks where peace is easy to find if you just head for some secluded water.