Life Along The Crystal Coast

One of the great things about being a writer and photographer living in one of the most beautiful spots on earth is that you never run out of great material.

Unfortunately if you have been writing a long time, you also end up with a tremendous amount of content scattered across various sites.

When you have written thousands of posts and a few books about an area, it is easy for your own content to overwhelm you and your readers. In an effort to make my life simpler and to make it easier for readers to find information about the Southern Outer Banks and the Crystal Coast, I have created this page which explains where to find the most current information from all that I have written.

Once a month I try do a post on my Southern Outer Banks site. With it I try to summarize what has happened since my last post. You can usually get a very good sense of the weather and how it is trending from these posts. There is also an archive of these posts. So if you want to see how a certain month has turned out over two or three years, it is fairly easy to do it with the archive.

Normally three times a month, I write a post on my Crystal Coast Life blog. While the topics can be wide ranging, they generally have something to do with the water, beaches, fishing, kayaking, or boating. The blog fits its name perfectly. It is about my life on the Crystal Coast and there are years of posts available by month.

Once a month I write a post on my blog, The Crystal Coast, Saltwater on my feet. I try to target those posts more to people who might be interested in living in this area, from Swansboro to Beaufort. The posts have a special emphasis on the White Oak River area near Swansboro. We live just three miles up the White Oak from Swansboro. There is a listing of all these posts.

My wife, Glenda, and I have published four books about the area. Our A Week at the Beach, The Emerald Isle Travel Guide is the third version of our travel guide to the area. It has been updated for 2014 and even includes a map and pictures from a hike that I took on June 2, 2014, at The Point. Things do change a little here and this update with its modest price of $3.99 for the Kindle version is well worth the cost. The Kindle version has 79 color pictures, 12 maps and 10 recipes. The 2014 paperback version with the same content will have 180 pages. All our books really help people to understand and appreciate the area. Our third book is The Road To My Country and focuses on how life in North Carolina has changed and why we ended up on this particular part of the Carolina coast. The final book, 100 Pictures, 1000 Words, A Crystal Coast Year, is a very special book of the best photos from the over 40,000 that I shot along the Crystal Coast 2013.

I also publish a Crystal Coast Newsletter once a month. This is the signup link for the newsletter.

Finally I am collecting and updating some posts that I think might be useful to people interested in the Crystal Coast. You will find them listed below.

The Quick Emerald Isle Travel Guide (Rewritten Summer of 2014)

Weather That Should Be Bottled (Rewritten September 24, 2014)

A Perfect Day At The Beach (Rewritten July 16, 2014)

Rain at the Beach (Posts from multiple years, compiled July 16, 2014)

A Day with the Bluefish (Rewritten July 8, 2014)

Rain That Put Hurricanes To Shame (Rewritten July 7, 2014)

The Chance to be on the Water (Rewritten June 23, 2014)

Things to do at the beach (Rewritten June 22, 2014)

Beaufort, NC, A Great Place To Visit (Rewritten April 27, 2014)

The Zig and Zag of the White Oak (Rewritten April 9, 2014)

Sand Keeps Moving (Rewritten March 29, 2014)

The First Kayak Trip of Spring (Rewritten March 3, 2014)

Frosty March 29 (Rewritten March 1, 2014)

Our Coastal Produce Season Starts With Strawberries (Rewritten February 26, 2014)

What Is Special About The Crystal Coast (Sept. 25, 2008)

Ten Reasons We Picked Carteret County (Sept. 25, 2008)

Why I Love Living in Carteret County (Sept. 25, 2008)

I Hope It Stays Like This All Year (Nov. 8, 2008)

Does The Crystal Coast Deserve Its Name? (Summer 2013)

A Beach Where You Can Be Yourself (Summer 2013)

A Special Beach To Love (Summer 2013)

What Kind of Beach Do You Expect? (Summer 2013)

It Is All About The Water (January 14, 2009)

A First Coastal Wintery Experience (January 23, 2009)

Just How Early Can You Get On The Water? (February 12, 2009)

February Warmth, A Southern Birthright (February 19, 2009)

A Visit to the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium (February 22, 2009)

A Visit To Beaufort's Maritime Museum (February 27, 2009)

Lots Of Sand Added To The Beach (Dec. 8, 2008)

Sea Oats of Summer (Late Summer 2013)

A River That Is Surviving (2011)

Heron and Egret Squabble (Jan. 12, 2010)

A Little Heron Noodling (2010)

A Good Sign for the Local Fish (2010)

A Challenging Winter for the Herons and Egrets (2010)