Beach

Sept. 1, 2019

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High tide pools and and lovely walk.

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and swim.

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a couple of trucks that didn’t make it off the beach

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This one had the whole frame.

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One last spot for a nap before heading to the ferry home.

 

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Aug. 31, 2019

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Kodak and I went for a sunrise walk on the beach

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and back the the Taco

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We drove around a bit and went seashell hunting

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I wanted sand dollars

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Then the sunset and the high tide rose to the truck

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We moved the truck twice before calling it a night.

May 12, 2019

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A quick trip to Carolina Beach for Mother’s Day camping. This is as empty as I have ever seen Freeman Park, it was so nice!

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Baby’s first beach trip, she wasn’t happy about sand.

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But was happier if held.

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Yardzee – Yahtzee on steroids.

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Evening sunset

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It was impressive to the very end.

Feb. 17, 2018

(Photo by Jay Capers)

I needed a weekend away, after working 6 days and a bunch of hours, we decided an overnight trip to the beach. The hike along Flytrap Trail to Sugarloaf Dune is pretty and finding Venus Flytraps makes it worth the hike (thanks Clay and Kay for the eagle eyes)

(Photo by Jay Capers)

These are small plants, both these are 1:1 macro photographs.

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As we reached the Intracoastal Waterway it was low tide and we could board and explore the US Navy BK-7947 – some kind of barge, but you can climb into the holds and has some cool rigging. (Video to come)

 

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.

Click to see a Video of Trip

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 onĀ 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!