Travel and Tourism

A visit to the NC Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores


Thursday of this week we decided to drive down to Pine Knoll Shores for a visit to the NC Aquarium.  We have been at least three times before, but we enjoy every visit.  We always find something new.

This time we decided to buy a family membership so could come more often.  It was a great day to visit since the temperatures were in the mid-sixties when we got there.  We planned to do a little hiking.
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February warmth, a southern birthright


This is one of those February days that you would have to work very hard to not enjoy.  Last night we got a nice rain which was a lot better than snow or even dealing with snow envy.

I am happy to report that the window in my upstairs office is open and my view is close to that of the picture included in the post.  Actually most of the difference is that I have a cat sitting in the window.
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A wintery diversion


I have been through a range of emotions with this snow.  First it was disbelief that snow could find us in the paradise which we had chosen as a place to hide from snow and ice.  Then I was a little irritated at the whole thought of snow here.  Finally when it started accumulating a little, I became resigned to having to deal with it.
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Weather to please everyone


Yesterday was another warm January day with the temperature rising at least to sixty-five degrees Fahrenheit.  I spent the morning doing paperwork with the idea that we would go for a hike during the nicest part of the day.  This time of year that is between 1 PM and 3 PM.
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Cool New Year's Day on the Crystal Coat


New Year's eve was a fantastic day to get outside and enjoy some nice weather.  It was sixty-one degrees over on the beach at Emerald Isle.  Given the nasty weather to the north of us, we certainly cannot complain.
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Better weather on the horizon


Our most recent storm dropped one and one third inches of rain on the area this week according to my gauges.

I sneaked away from work ten minutes early yesterday so I could drive down Anita Forte in Cape Carteret to take the sunset picture at the top of the post.

If we follow the old proverb of "red sky at night,  sailor's delight," we should be in good shape for next week.

The weather forecast actually confirms that.
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Nothing but beach, cool air, and beautiful sunsets


These cool temperatures can give you an excuse not to go outside.  I try not to let that happen especially when something nice is happening.  Last year one of my favorite spots, the Point at Emerald Isle, got a little more isolated when the shifting sands of the beach forced the closure of the vehicle and pedestrian access point.  read more »