A Crystal Coast Kind of Day

Submitted by OcracokeWaves on Mon, 07/12/2010 - 12:15.

I am back from a little break in writing, and yesterday was a great day to gather my thoughts before posting

Saturday evening we received seven tenths of an inch of rain which was a nice addition to the three inches of rain we received early in July.  With the latest rain came cooler temperatures and lower humidity.

An early morning bike ride was my first choice to take advantage of the great weather.  After a few miles on the bike, I retired to the swimming pool for some cooler exercise.  Then I decided to invite my friends, Gail and Dean, on a boat ride.  The invitation was quickly accepted.

Given this is still part of our busiest week of the year, we decided to head up the White Oak River instead of out the inlet.  That turned out to be a great decision.  We only saw a couple of boats, and we enjoyed some wonderful sights such Bald Cypress trees encroaching on the river.

It you have never been up the river beyond Stella, it is well worth a trip.  It is a journey into another world.  Vast marshes line the river instead of homes like on the lower river.  You can easily imagine that you have slipped back in time.  We made it a little beyond Haywood Landing before turning and heading down river.

We were brave enough to make a run down to Swansboro just to check out the traffic on the Intercoastal Waterway.  It was crowded as expected so we cruised the harbor and turned back up river for the quick ride to Bluewater Cove.

These are some pictures of the White Oak above Stella  that I took on a previous adventure.

After lunch and a well-deserved nap, I headed over to Emerald Isle to visit the beaches near the Point.  I posted an album of pictures for those interested in the changes to the sands near the Point.  I think these are the finest beaches on Emerald Isle.

It was a great day to be living on the Southern Outer Banks. With weather this great and waters so beautiful that they are hard to describe, I am just thankful to be alive and enjoying it all.