Emerald Isle

Those Emerald Isle rocking chairs


Emerald Isle is one my favorite spots.  My wife and I like to advantage of their very nice walking trails during cooler weather which seems to have found us this week.

We will often go park at one end of town and walk to the other end of town.  It is a very pleasant walk, and it is even fun to do when the tourists are in town.

One of things missing on our walking tour was a place to relax and reflect a little.

I took some Emerald Isle pictures over to the new administrative offices on Tuesday and noticed what nice rocking chairs they have on their front porch.

I got a note back from Mayor Art Schools thanking me for the pictures.  I had mentioned the rocking chairs in my note making sure he had gotten the pictures.

His note back to me encouraged me to take advantage of the chairs when hiking around Emerald Isle.

Today might be a good day to do one of those hikes.  The temperatures are certainly pleasant, and those chairs look very inviting.

Battle of the Clouds and Sun


This morning it has been a seesaw battle between the clouds at the sun.  When I first got up, it looked like the clouds were going to win.

Now the sun has managed to work its way through the cloud banks.

The weather radar shows that most storms have moved off shore.  But we know that they can easily spring up and head on shore.  In fact that is what the forecasters have planned for us today.

"Additional showers will move onshore over Carteret County. Up to one
half inch of rainfall can be expected in the heavier showers."

From my walk this morning, I can tell you that the ground is very wet, ever waterlogged.  With 12-14 inches of rain this month, that comes as little surprise.
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What are all those White Shirts doing on the beach?


Yesterday was hot here on the Crystal Coast.  It was definitely a beach day if you did not have to work.

In fact you could almost guarantee that yesterday would be a hot day, because it was the day set aside for Bluewater GMAC to take its annual company picture.

It is one of the few times of the year that everyone from Bluewater from the builders, rental, maintenance, and sales groups gets together. 

You can predict the weather usually since standing around on the beach in anything other than a bathing suit on a hot day is not much fun.

It is always a challenge to get everyone there on time and posed for the picture.  Once you do get people organized into the group for pictures, you immediately cut off any ocean breezes.  Then you can also guarantee that there will be stragglers who need to get in the picture.

We have yet to have an athletic straggler who could jog across the soft sand where you enter the beach.
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Beach Jive after Five

09/17/2009 - 05:30
09/17/2009 - 07:00

The Beach Jive after Five free concert series will be Sept. 17 at 5:30 at the Western Ocean Regional Access, 299 Islander Dr., on Emerald Isle. The artist will be Big Drink. Bring chairs, blankets, etc.  Alcoholic beverages prohibited. For info, call 252-354-6350.

Friday Free Flick

09/11/2009 - 07:00
09/11/2009 - 09:23

Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Center will host its Friday Free Flick Sept. 11 at 7pm. It will feature "Tale of Despereaux". It will be shown at the EI Parks and Recreation Community Center. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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3rd Annual Flounder Surf Fishing Tournament

09/26/2009 - 00:00
10/10/2009 - 00:00

The Third Annual Flounder Surf Fishing Tournament will be sponsored by Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation and The Reel Outdoors. Contact Brittany Wood at 252-354-6350 or bwood@emeraldisle-nc.org for information. Registration is free (Aug. 29-Sept.23) and excellent prizes. All flounder must be caught by fishing on foot (surf, pier, inlet, sound) from Fort Macon to Emerald Isle. The tournament will run from Sept. 26-30, Oct. 1-10, 2009.

What will our skies look like this weekend?


All week we have had our standard blue skies and white puffy clouds in the morning followed by more ominous clouds in the afternoon.

Today we lost our blue skies, but not before I cooked myself by mowing the yard at noon in full Southern heat.  I know better to mow in the midday heat, but sometimes you run out of options.

It did get partly cloudy this morning and by later in the afternoon, we had full cloud cover courtesy of Tropical Storm Danny.

I was working hard this morning and early afternoon to get a contract on a property.  So instead of starting to mow, I was waiting by the telephone.  I took advantage of the time and responded to someone considering moving to the Carolina coast.

Finally with the phone not ringing and noon approaching, I left my wife in charge of the phone, donned my straw hat, and let the heat wrap its arms around me.
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