Frost on the Kayak

Submitted by OcracokeWaves on Fri, 12/28/2012 - 20:47.

After a series of days when the low temperature struggled to get below sixty degrees Fahrenheit, it takes a little adjustment to walk outside and find the thermometer reading 30F.

It is the nature of weather that we take whatever we have whether it is warm December waters or frost on the kayak and in the marshes.

I enjoyed my morning walk the first day we saw frost after our mild streak in December.  Still I had to remind myself that the sparkle on the boardwalk was slippery frost. Looking up at the wrong time could easily turn me into a meal for the crabs.

It is hard to complain very much about winter weather here on North Carolina's Southern Outer Banks because we have so little real winter.

We mark the seasons on the Crystal Coast with holidays like anyone else.  But when you can go kayaking with just a long-sleeved t-shirt on Christmas morning, you know the weather is pretty nice.

As that nice weather finally departed, the seasons seem to reluctantly change with a front sweeping through the area.  It brought us 1.6 inches of rain.  Some serious storms also rolled across the area.  That included a tornado over by Beaufort.  Our storms became a coastal low and headed up the coast.  There they eventually dumped over a foot of snow in places.

While the cooler weather will keep my kayaking mostly inside our inlet, I don't mind being "stuck" inside.  There plenty to enjoy in our inlet.

Even the day of our big rain I caught some otters enjoying a swim.  The next day I found hooded mergansers behind our dock.  This morning it was a pied-billed grebe.

Along with the regular cast of characters that hang around, I suspect winter inside our inlet is going to be more peaceful than boring.

With a day job that includes writing about Apple,  the peace in our inlet is something I cherish compared to the lack of civility that I often find on the Internet.

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