You will find links from this page to many articles which I have published on the web. I have been writing about the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina for over ten years as you can see from this article, Footprints That Need To Wash Away.
You can a quick tour of all the books that we have written and some of my articles by visiting my Amazon author page or your can read the rest of this page for detailed information.
We have lived here since 2006 and I enjoy providing information about the area to people looking to visit or relocate. It is perhaps a holdover from the few years that I worked in real estate. I have been providing information for so long that I decided the easiest way to continue doing it was to write a travel guide to the area. We released the first version of A Week at The Beach, The Emerald Isle Travel Guide in 2012.
Late in the spring of 2014, we did our second complete update of the book including optimizing over eighty pictures and a dozen hand-drawn local maps for the latest generation tablets. The paperback version with 180 pages and over eighty full color prints plus maps is available from Amazon usually for around $25 and is Prime eligible. The Kindle version which includes all the pictures and maps plus over one hundred fifty live links to additional information costs $3.99. We are currently working on the 2016 update to our now five-star rated Emerald Isle Travel. We expect it to be available in March 2016 and believe it will be even better than the 2014 version.
In addition to keeping our travel guide current and doing my day job, I am devoted to writing, photography, kayaking, boating, fishing, hiking, and savoring life on the NC Coast. My pictures of the area are very popular and in the winter of 2014, I succumbed to pressure to do a Kindle picture book of the area. I picked the top one hundred pictures out of the 40,000 that I took in 2013 and published 100 Pictures, 1,000 Words, A Crystal Coast Year. I spent a lot of time making sure the images would be impressive on any tablet or computer. It is an amazing tour of the area for only $2.99, not much more than you would pay for a Sunday paper.
I grew up in the Piedmont area of the state and my early years are detailed in this article, A Piedmont Awakening with some additional information in the Sobotta family history. I have been visiting the coast for as long as I can remember which is well over sixty years. I finally came back to live on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast after a somewhat unique life that took me from North Carolina to Canada and back to the United States.
My first stop after Harvard was moving to Canada to live along the shore of Nova Scotia and eventually build a cattle ranch in New Brunswick.
You can read some about our time in Nova Scotia in our book, A Taste for the Wild, Canada’s Maritimes.
To find out how I got from a cattle ranch to Apple Computer, read my book, The Pomme Company.
After my nearly twenty years at Apple, it took a while to unwind and find this particular spot on the the Carolina coast where my wife and I could be successful and happy at the same time.
Lots of writing, photography, fishing, boating, kayaking, gardening and beach walking have healed the bruises from corporate life and given me a new purpose in life. Life on the coast renewed me enough that I could follow my skills back to a new career in technology.
If you would like to see some pictures of one of my many beach hikes, watch this slide show of a July 2014 trip around the Point at Emerald Isle, NC.
If you are interested in purchasing any of the books mentioned, visit my Amazon author page.
To find a detailed list of what I write, how often I publish and where you can find it, visit our Crystal Coast Life home page.
For a selection of additional articles that I have written visit my article archive.
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