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Monday, June 13, 2016

Summer has embraced the Crystal Coast

After a cool spring, summer's warmth has found the Crystal Coast.  Visitors have been quick to find our beautiful beaches.  We had some great crowds on Memorial Day weekend and my beach walk have shown me that people are having fun here on Emerald Isle's beaches.  I just did a couple of walks up at one of Emerald Isle's lesser know beaches.  Read about it in the 2016 version of our book, The Emerald Isle Travel Guide - A Week at the Beach, or get a taste of it and the Atlantic Ocean in my blog post, Last Parking Place at Third Street.  You can also enjoy these shots of the waves and beach at this online album.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

The calendar says that it is winter,  but Mother Nature seems a little confused.

It is New Year's Eve and for a couple of weeks, our low temperatures have been around 64F.  Our high temperatures have mostly been in the mid-seventies but we have reached 80F a couple of times.

You can read about this year's Crystal Coast fall at this post,  A Wet Early Fall 2015.

Fall brings some great memories, but because of the warm weather it has been a challenge to get in a fall mode, much less bundled up for winter.  One thing is for sure this past November's weather was memorable.

The water temperature in the river is close to 70F and that has prompted some holiday boat rides.

We will be on the lookout for winter, but from the forecasts that I am seeing the cherry tomatoes that I am picking beside our house are going to be safe into early January 2016.

It is unlikely we will see Raymond's Gut frozen over in January like it did last year but it is hard to predict weather.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

It is Summer at the Beach!

If there was any doubt that summer is here, it has been erased the weather during the third week of June 2015.  Afternoon temperatures have been in the nineties even along the beaches.

The first afternoon thunderstorms showed up on Wednesday afternoon so it has been nearly perfect beach weather if you can handle the heat.  It has been so hot that I started mowing my yard at 7:30 AM this morning and quit after less than half an hour of mowing.  I will start again tomorrow but I will be out there even earlier.

Of course if you are standing in water like I was a couple weekends ago, the air temperature is not nearly as important.  If you would like to read more about summer at the beach, try a visit to my Coastal Paradise website or if you would like to cut to the chase and learn about my favorite beach, read this article, A Beach That Touches Everyone.

We also publish both a Kindle travel guide for $3.99 and a paperback travel guide for a little over $20 for Emerald Isle and the Crystal Coast.  We also have a free online travel guide to Emerald Isle.

Head on down as soon as you can this unbelievable weather likely will not last.  We will soon be back to afternoon thunderstorms.  This is a great area to visit and an even better place to live.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Spring Tonic of Blue Waters and Blue Skies

The Crystal Coast is warming quickly.  It is March 10,  2015,  72F before noon and the odds are that we will see fresh local strawberries within the next four to five weeks.

While I never stop boating here on the Crystal Coast, I always look forward to those days when it is easy to spend time on the water.  I took my skiff for a quick ride down the White Oak River this past early March weekend.

The water temperature was around 50F out in the river and almost 55F back in the marshes but that is still a little chilly for serious boating and certainly too cool for the first kayaking trip of the season.

However, it will not be very long before I am regularly enjoying the zig and zag of the ride down the White Oak.

We have a lot of special places that you can easily visit here on the Crystal Coast.  If the winter blahs have you down, we have some special medicine to make you feel better as you are riding that roller coaster of spring weather.

Monday, December 1, 2014

The blues, greens, and golds are still here

It is late fall enhanced with a taste of warm December weather in Carteret County.  The greens, blues, and golds are what we are accustomed to this time of year.

Fall has been great as usual with the only caveat being that the middle of November was not so great.  Now that the weather is improving, being back on the beach is a reality.

The good news is that while it feels like fall is coming to an end,  this is the Crystal Coast and we can still have some shorts weather in December and some beach days in January.

Come visit before we get to our frozen months and have to spend our time dreaming of warm waters.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Yet Another Amazing Crystal Coast Fall

Looking Across Sound to Bogue Inlet & Bear Island
Fall is an amazing season here on the Crystal Coast.  If you ask residents, you would fine them in near unanimous agreement that fall is the best time of year.

My post, Fall Belongs to the Southern Coast, shows that I am in complete agreement.  The picture at the top of the post was taken October 1, 2014 from the dock at Hammocks Beach State Park.  The area from the dock to Bear Island on the right on the horizon is one of the most beautiful areas in the world.  It is one of my favorite places in the fall.

I have been writing about nice fall weather on the North Carolina coast is for a long time.  One of my earliest posts, That Fall Feeling, was written in 2008.  The next year I wrote, Savoring a Southern Fall.  A year later came Fall Pleasures on the Carolina Coast which was published on Saturday, October 09, 2010.   The next year on Saturday, November 12, 2011, I wrote Fall on the Crystal Coast.  We were gone to Canada in early fall of 2012, but I did manage to write, Quiet Waters in November of that year.   Sometimes it is hard to write about fall when summer is still hanging around like it did 2013.  Eventually I did manage a post entitled Fall On The Coast Hits Its Stride.

Fall is a great time of year at the coast, do not miss it.  A visit to the Crystal Coast in the fall can make the winter seem a lot shorter and show you that fall does not end when the leaves are gone from the trees.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Is Already Slipping Away

White Oak River, July 2014
Just as we are getting used to summer, another July Fourth slipped by us, and I noticed that we are already past the middle of July.  Summer is already half over and we are on the down slope to fall.  It will only be another three or four weeks before the majority of our summer visitors start to disappear.

Schools and jobs will call everyone back to home, but as many know, the beach gets even better as the season slips into the fall.

It has already been a great early start to summer.  We had almost as much perfect clear and dry weather as our yards and gardens could stand. Now we seem to be getting more than our fair share of rain.  Still there will be lots more perfect beach days for everyone to enjoy our great beaches.  Some people who visit will find a special beach to love and end up having a great beach vacation that they will remember for years.

The Crystal Coast got off easy with Hurricane Arthur and probably had a record weekend just a couple of days afterwards.  For me it has been a summer with beautiful waves on the beach and some unbelievably scenic times kayaking out on the river.  There are always plenty of other fun things to do while at the beach.

The summer weather has brought us  plenty of humidity and heat, but we have also had the surf to cure both.  Those warm humid evenings have made for some wonderful beach evenings.  Whether I have been on the oyster rocks catching drum or standing on the beach flinging metal into the surf, I have had a great time.  I have also enjoyed some great cruises into the Swansboro marshes in our skiff.

I hope summer does not disappear too quickly.  Like many folks I am just getting warmed up. Today looks like a wonderful day for a hike along the beach in our world without walls.