Friday, April 16, 2010

Morehead City

While in the Morehead City area we strolled the fishing docks. It being a weekday, most of the boats were tied up, and we didn't get to see the offloads of the days catch of mahi, wahoo, tuna and marlin that the Lopez family saw when they stopped here on their way up the intracoastal waterway. But we did get so see all of the clever boat names, like "Its Been Reel" "SenSEAtion" "TJ Hooker" "Bill Collector", and stopped at a local market for some fresh catch-of-the-day.

We are also on the border of the Croatan National Forest, so we took a nice hike on a trail there...

...seeing cool little longleaf pines that look straight out of Dr. Seuss...

...and this crazy pine that somehow grew in in a full 360 degree loop!

We drove out onto Emerald Island, a sand barrier community of upscale homes and parkland, with Fort Macon at the eastern end, which guarded Beaufort Harbor during the Civil War. We had a nice tour there until it was invaded by several hundred pre-teens on a field trip, at which point we surrendered and made our retreat. I'm still a little shell-shocked!

Took delivery of a bike-trailer for the dogs, so now there's no activity that they can't also participate in. I plan to use this for fetching firewood and groceries as well. The dogs took right to it no problem. It remains to be see what happens when they see a squirrel and try to bust out while in motion...

And, had a nice paddle in the channel between the attractive village of Beaufort and the marshy islands that are home to a herd of wild horses.

I did some more fishing, but once again caught nothing.

Shortly we pack up again and head to central North Carolina on our way to the Smoky Mountains. Thanks for following along - we enjoy the comments.


  1. Hope you have recovered from your pre-teen invasion. Austin is traveling with about 250 of his closest friends to Washington DC. They left on Tuesday and are returning tonight. I can't wait to hear about his adventures. (Sounds like he will have to give you some pointers on fishing when you come home:) Gene pulled the boat up yesterday and is getting very anxious to get the season started.
    PS-Hope your "moisture" problem is working itself out!!!

  2. Oh, thanks for mentioning the "moisture" problem, Theonne! Everyone else, this is simply an issue of water collecting in the seating area of my kayak! No ointments or creams necessary, thank you very much!

  3. Your father (George) sent me this. I'm glad you are taking this trip, as you say. at a time of your life when you can enjoy it. You probably heard about the trans-continental trip (New Jersey to Washington State to California and back to NJ) that George, Frank, our high school friend Noel Hinners and I took in the summer of 1955 when we were about 19. More than half a century later I have vivid memories of that trip and I'm sure you will of yours. Look forward to hearing more of your adventures.

    Tom Purvis