Back to the Beach, August 08
It was with great relief that I stopped and enjoyed the beach for a few minutes this past Thursday evening.

I have been on the road for several days due to a new grandbaby.

I needed something to refresh my spirit from all the traveling where I logged close to 1,000 miles once again.

The beautiful beach in the evening sunlight was just the right place at the right time.

While I was gone we got almost three inches of rain up on the White Oak.

We needed the rain along with a break from the heat. Seeing temperatures in the sixties is a little unusual in August on the coast, but the coolness was welcome.

I wasn’t very surprised since my trip had included a visit to Roanoke, Va. where I actually saw the mercury drop into the low fifties.

I am ready for the summer to wind down a little. The heat has warmed the water nicely.

It is actually time for the water to cool off a little which of course will make fishing even better if we are lucky.

I always enjoy a day after a good soaking rain. Thursday was one of those days.

Getting up to see all the trees and vegetation with a full dose of moisture is always a pleasure.

Part of the enjoyment is that when we get a serious rain, I don’t have to water. The other part is the freshness that the rain brings seems to give everything a shot in the arm.

I did manage to make it over to the White House on the west side of Swansboro so I could pick up some farm fresh eggs. I enjoy watching their free range hens. Their eggs are some of the best that I have ever had. They are open Friday through Sunday. You can call for more information at (910) 326-3049‎.

On my way back I stopped by 911 Restoration in Cedar Point to pick out a beer to have with a steak that I am planning on grilling Sunday night. It’s a great spot to find a special brew. My expertise in tea doesn’t go far beyond a class of the Wine of the South, Iced Tea.

Beer is another case all together. 911 Restoration’s phone number is 252 354-7911.

If you are looking for some beach pictures to hold you until your arrival here on the coast, I recommend my Coastal NC Collection or my Emerald Isle Beach Walk. If you are a fisherman you might want to try Mackerel Morning or Anniversary Fishing.

Finding your own private beach is a great way to enjoy the Crystal Coast. It is one of the things we residents enjoy the most.

If you don’t believe that this is a farming area, you should check out the aggressive soybeans that are growing on west Firetower Road not far from the intersection with Peletier Loop.

I should have some fresh pictures soon now that I am back on the coast and don’t have to suffer through those Roanoke, Va sunrises.

Why we love it here?
It is hard to say that any place is perfect. There always a balance between what you like and what you don't like. That also changes as you age. At one time I was close to homesteading in Newfoundland.

Today we live in a small subdivision called Bluewater Cove near Cape Carteret. It is what we were looking for in a place to live. It's close to services and close 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 can also use my Kayak on the White Oak River and hopefully soon try our new skiff there. The area also has some great festivals like the Newport Pig Cookoff, the Emerald Isle Saint Patrick's Day, and the Swansboro Oyster Roast. We were also 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 content on multiple sites, but usually the content is fairly specific to the sites.

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