Looking Toward Manteo

BroJoe is still spending time around the Nags Head Woods.  As he says, “It’s amazing out there!”

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Anyone want to argue?

I do have a question though:  Do beach bears hibernate?

 

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Sunrise . . . Sunset

Two views, one island today.

BroJoe caught the sun setting over the Pamlico sound yesterday evening and the sun rising over the Atlantic Ocean today.

Sunrise over Nags Head Pier.

Sunrise over Nags Head Pier.

Set sun, looking over Pamlico Sound toward Manteo.

Set sun, looking over Pamlico Sound toward Manteo.

The Outer Banks are so narrow (3 miles at the widest point) that it’s possible to see both from the same vantage point.  BroJoe likes to get up close, so there is nothing between him and the sun but water.

The -bers Are Coming

Just when you think summer may last forever, the calendar flips over to September.  Occasionally,  a hint of fall teases the air, but September temperatures at the beach usually soften to golden perfection.   The days are noticeably shorter.  BroJoe can sleep a bit longer and still be at the beach well before sunup.

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The Autumnal Equinox will arrive on September 23.  Once  the -ber months begin,  it still takes the ocean months to cool.   September ocean temps are usually only three degrees less than those of August.  By October, they drop about ten more, which still keeps them in the 70’s.   The chilly temperatures arrive in Novem-brrr and Decem-brrr .

The beach belongs to the tourists until Labor Day.   After that, the wild bucks go back to their respective schools and the wild ponies of The Outer Banks roam the beach more freely.   Year-rounders begin to enjoy the luxuries of autumn. . . available parking spots, no waiting for tables, no traffic fumes.

Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone. Anonymous

When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.  – Rainer Maria Rilke

Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night. – Hal Borland

 

Battleship USS North Carolina

According to battleship history,  at the time of her commissioning on April 9, 1941, the USS North Carolina was considered the world’s greatest sea weapon.

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She participated in every major battle in the Pacific Theatre and logged over 300,000 miles during World War II. Although the battleship had numerous close calls and one direct torpedo hit, she was able to continue.  Only ten members of her crew were killed in action and 67 wounded during that time.

She was decommissioned in late June, 1947.   After an announcement that she was to be scrapped, the citizens of NC campaigned to bring her here.  She has been docked in her current moorings on the Cape Fear River near downtown Wilmington since 1961.

Open daily for tours, the battleship has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in North Carolina.  It allows visitors to step back in time and see places like the dentistry, the surgery, kitchen, sleeping quarters, equipment, etc. via the same narrow, winding metal stairs used by her young crew every day.