Irene leaves a mark 9/02/11
August was an atypical month here along the Crystal Coast. It was hot, but probably not as hot and dry as July.

When you factor in the lack of wildfire smoke, August turned out to be a nicer month than July with the exception that Irene punctuated the end of August with a visit.

The first photo is the Bogue Inlet Pier about 3:30 PM the day before Irene. The pier lost the big end deck to Irene’s waves.

While Irene came at the end of the month, it is hard to deny that
the time waiting for Irene and the days after Irene occupied much of our attention in August.

The Crystal Coast definitely survived Irene, but people will not forget her visit on Saturday, August 27. Irene was an impressive storm.

Our ponds needed the rain, but Irene battered us with
high winds and heavy rain for over 24 hours.

Only a few of my tomato plants survived, and there were very few area pine trees that didn’t get pruned.

we were well prepared, and that made all the difference.

This picture to the right was taken behind Bear Island on one of those gorgeous days that we had in August 2011.

Normally our August skies are not that clear. I managed to take advantage of some of that great weather by going for
morning boat rides on the White Oak River before the heat arrived later in the day.

Fishing, however, was pretty sparse, and the only two times I tired, we just got small stuff.

Still a day spent in a beautiful spot like the marshes behind Bear Island beats just about anything.

Summer is water time and taking
a boat ride to the marshes behind Swansboro is my favorite way to start the day right.

With the better weather it was easier to make afternoon trips to the beach before dark.

We did
finally get some rain, but there were also plenty of sunshine.

While the beach is beautiful, there were also some exceptional August days in Bluewater Cove where we live.

With blue skies and tropical looking waters, the Crystal Coast area is hard to beat especially if you have beach on your mind. I got in far more beach hikes in August than in July.

I had
a very nice beach walk on August 22 over at the Point on Emerald Isle. While the Google map shows me walking on water, that was not the case. Google is just way behind on their aerial photographs of the Point.

It was even nice enough to
go shopping over in Swansboro during August. I tend to avoid towns in August, but we visited Swansboro’s new farmers’ market a couple of times with the improved weather.

Still I would rather be walking over on the beaches than shopping any day

Irene reshaped the beaches like the Third Street pictured to the right, but I have no knowledge of beaches disappearing here.

The Crystal Coast came through Irene with few problems compared to what happened on Hatteras Island and areas north of us. We are pretty much back to normal.

You can find some quick links for planning a beach vacation or considering the area as a location for a second home at my Welcome to the Beach site.

If you have already made up your mind to come for a visit, you will find
my updated Emerald Isle Travel Guide very useful.

Why we love it here?
It is hard to say that any place is perfect. You have to accept a balance between what you like and what you don't like but can tolerate. All of that changes as you age. At one time I was close to homesteading in Newfoundland. That is a little too far off the beaten path for me in 2011.

For thoughts on where to live, I would steer you to my articles, Ten ways Carteret County met our needs, Why I love living in Carteret County, and to the Crystal Coast Electronic Village Homepage as answers to why we have chosen this area.

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.

If you could spend the day with me, you would understand how easy it is to enjoy our lives along the White Oak. Living in a small subdivision called Bluewater Cove near Cape Carteret isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it is a great place to boat and relax. Bluewater Cove is truly what we were looking for in a place to live. It is close to services and even closer to the beach but not on the beach. We have a dock behind the house and are close to some great trails. I can ride my bike in the neighborhood and not face a lot of traffic.

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