The heat has arrived and it feels like summer at the beach
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Summer Has Arrived

Weather is never predictable, but we have had a nice run of sunny days.  There is nothing wrong with a 40% chance of showers as long as they do not materialize too often on the Emerald Isle side of Carteret County.  Of course the string of nice sunny days means we would not mind a shower or two now.

It has been a great spring for us. Until this heat, the weather has been very comfortable with just enough moisture to keep those of us who are gardeners happy. While the commercial strawberries have been replaced at the produce stands with local blueberries, we are still getting a few strawberries from our small patch along our driveway. We have just enjoyed our first batch of green beans (White half-runners) and we are getting a few tomatoes. Local corn is available and today I saw a sign for Bogue Sound cantaloupes. This is the peak for local vegetables in Carteret County.

The shrimp have finally started running and there are flounder and red drum being caught, just not by me yet. I have enjoyed a few trips out on the river searching for fish but I have yet to be successful. There was nothing wrong with the scenery out on the White Oak.

I have been fortunate enough to enjoy some time out at the Point which is one of my favorite spots. I managed to get a nice long hike in during early May and put together this album of pictures.  We had friends visit the week before Memorial Day and I also got to hike the Point with them and take them out Bogue Inlet in my skiff.  This link to the GPS track shows our boat ride on a map.  Here is a link to a similar track of the hike we did at the Point.  This picture is what the Point area looked like from the boat. Finally here are some tracks over the years to show how the Point has changed.  The sands at the Point continue to move and it certainly makes for interesting hikes and articles.

Memorial Day seemed to go by quickly and as far as I can tell the new Emerald Isle roundabout performed well. We actually went to the Publix, the new island grocery store, on Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.  While the story was busy, it was easy to get into and out of quickly. We did get tied up a little the next weekend. It took us seven minutes to get across the bridge on Saturday afternoon. I am always okay with a little stop and go on the bridge. It gives me time to take a picture or two like this one.

Speaking of bridges, we headed east to Beaufort on June 11. That was just after the old drawbridge was raised for the last time. We came into Beaufort by the new Turner Street Bridge. It is a nice entrance to town. A few shops have changed in Beaufort and the new restaurant under construction across the street from the Maritime Museum seems to be making lots of progress but like all the Beaufort restaurants, I do not expect it to be cheap.  I was happy to see the Rocking Chair Bookstore reappear even if it is only a couple of book shelves in Scuttlebutt. We were almost swamped by the deluge of rain in Morehead City on our way home. Just this week we were sad to hear the news that the Blue Moon Bistro in Beaufort is closing for good.  My wife and I had our 35th anniversary dinner there on our first trip to Beaufort back in the summer of 2003.

In more local news, Snapperz has opened in the old Jordan's location on Emerald Isle. We had a late lunch there today. My fried oysters were very good. My wife enjoyed her seafood bisque and twice baked potato with crab/queso sauce topped with a couple of shrimp. I was unimpressed with their slaw and hushpuppies but the service was great and it is nicely remodeled so we will try them again.

The new Neuse Sporting Goods building has walls and is on track for a fall opening. The Moore's Barbecue that is slated to also open in the fall has a foundation.  The folks who run the Urban Eats Food Truck are now operating in the Cedar Point Grill in the BP Station near the Best Western.  There is a new popcorn shop on the Island.  We haven't tried either Urban Eats or the Popcorn shop.

There is another race at the Carteret County Speedway this weekend for NASCAR fans. Just in time for the Fourth of July, a fireworks tent appeared in the field along the road to McDaddy's.  This is a great area to see fireworks. If you can get out on the water, you can see fireworks in multiple locations at once.  Both Bogue Sound and the White Oak River work well for viewing fireworks.

Swansboro has started the replacement pier in Bicentennial Park and their new splash pad at the park by the recreational center will be open soon.  They have also redone some tennis courts.

All in all, everything appears to be in place for a great Fourth of July holiday. I went over to the beach yesterday afternoon to catch the band tuning up for the Thursday evening EmeraldFest Concert. It was a festive scene. The Salty Pirate Waterslide was filled with people as I drove towards the Western Regional Access. The road looks much nicer now that the area alongside has been cleaned up. When I got to the parking lot, I could hear the band and see a group of young folks playing volley ball.  The beach still had a good crowd of people and the air was clear enough to see with my telephoto lens people fishing on the Bogue Inlet Pier.

Now is the time to take a real summer beach vacation.  We just managed to get out the door our 2018 Kindle version of our travel guide,  The Emerald Isle Travel Guide - A Week at the Beach. New paperback 2018 versions including the color one and  the black and white one are Prime eligible and available from Amazon. Locally Emerald Isle Books and Toys at Emerald Plantation is carrying the B&W version and The Emerald Isle Town Office carries the color version for $20.  A copy is available for viewing at the Emerald Isle Tourist Bureau. Our book also contains information about becoming a Facebook friend so you receive daily updates and photos from the Crystal Coast.  If you need more information, visit my Crystal Coast homepage or use this link to a contact form. My old WordPress blog is no longer functional but you can find the new home for posts at this link.

David Sobotta
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