Beach

May 28, 2017

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The end of the road (beach) on the South Banks.

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Sam

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or just the Tacomas

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the tide was perfect for shell hunting

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Then over to the lighthouse

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We cooked dinner and watched the sunset

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Shrimp boats

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Then we headed back to find a place to camp for our 6:30am ferry.

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Well crap, thunderstorm warning, lightning, and wind. We slept (or tried) in the truck cab till about 12:30am and gave up and set-up the Flippacs.

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May 27, 2017

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After the hike we camped for the night, waiting for our morning ferry to Cape Lookout – the South Core Banks. Kodak seemed happy to back at the beach.

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We drove around looking for a secluded area to camp and found this fresh turtle track, she must have laid her eggs hours before.

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This site is perfect, can’t see a camper down either side!

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Clay fishes for bait.

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Sunset

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Kay wanted her picture with her fish – then it jumped (or whatever fish do)

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Light painting – two Tacomas with Flippacs.

 

Jan. 1, 2017

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2017 started with a hike through the trails at Carolina Beach State Park. One of my resolutions this year is the #52hikechallenge – to average one hike a week during the year.

Hike #1 of the year, a big loop hitting almost every trail in the park, 2 hours and 40 minutes and ~6 miles. We had two goals:

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Sugarloaf Trail, leading to Sugarloaf sand dune, a 55 foot tall dune used on navigation charts since 1663 for river pilots on the Cape Fear River.

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Someone left a rope swing.

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and Flytrap Trail, searching for wild Venus Flytraps – thanks to the eagle eyed Clarks for finding a pair of them –

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just a cactus, but cool to see it with fruit in the “wild”

 

On the way back to the start, we saw a bunch of buzzards in the woods – there must be something there – so we investigated….

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a fresh coyote

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fox

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feet and ears

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We debated why so many remains in one spot. Choice 1 – Park employees dump road kill here. Choice 2 – Park employees kill problem animals and dump here (but if the fox was suspected of rabies, seems unlikely) Choice 3 – We have entered a VERY BAD place.

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Before heading home, we headed back to the beach and just watched the ocean. Welcome 2017!

Dec. 31, 2016

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The last day of 2016 started at the USS North Carolina, a WWII battleship in Wilmington.

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Nicknamed “The Showboat” – the ship was only active for 6 years (4/9/41- 6/27/47).

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A Great Blue Heron during another walk along the Snows Cut shore.

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Cars pass over the Snows Cut Bridge going into Carolina Beach

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Two Flippacs set up, playing cards till midnight!

June 12, 2016

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A rare sight, Deb on the boogy board.

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Any trip that includes a ferry is good!

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As kid growing up watching Scooby Doo, I assumed Quicksand was a much bigger danger in my life.

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Almost home or how to squeeze the most out of 35 hours. This is one of Deb’s rare Friday through Sunday off, so we had to do something. The beach weather looked promising, so I called around and the only campground that had a spot was a sketchy one we only stay at when desperate. Friday I had to do the Taco brakes after work, so we planned to leave early Sat. and were on the road at 9:35. We were on the beach by 2pm and it was packed (this is rare for Ft. Fisher SRA) but we found an open spot and set up. We played in the water, napped, etc till dinner time. We had planned to cook on the beach, but it was too windy, so we headed to sketchy campground and ate, showered, listened to the domestic dispute across from us and played cards. Sunday was back to beach; play, nap, eat and then head home. We decided to take the Southport ferry and skip all the Wilmington traffic, had ice cream, Smithfield Chicken and BBQ – about perfect for 35 hours.