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The weather has been warm and picture perfect for the last two weeks
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Labor Day is Here


It has been a summer of contrasts with everything from quiet waters to strong rip currents.  There have been times we were praying for the wind to stop blowing and just as many days when we said a prayer for a breeze.  We had three weeks punctuated with heavy showers that delivered almost twenty inches of rain. Now we are fourteen days into a period without a drop of rain. The good weather was elusive for a while but now we have more sunshine than we can handle.

There is more about the summer's weather at this link. There has never been a doubt that we had a summer that felt like summer. By all measures that I have seen, it was a good summer for tourists on the Crystal Coast. The new roundabout on Emerald Isle appears to have worked well.  The addition of the Publix grocery store opened up the option of actually shopping for groceries on the island during the tourist season.

The summer is starting to wind down a little. Even  this week, we noticed the drop-off in tourist traffic as North Carolina schools started back up. As many know, the Emerald Isle area is a little different than some beach areas, virtually all services stay open into the fall and most stay open all winter. Most of us who live here believe that fall is the best season to visit the beach.

With that in mind, the North Carolina Department of Transport has put down a new coat of asphalt on Highway 58. They almost made it to the intersection of Highway 24.  They wisely stopped paving yesterday before the Labor Day traffic. The new pavement ends just 1.65 miles short of the intersection that funnels traffic to the bridge to Emerald Isle.  They surprised me when they got markings on the new pavement before the Labor Day traffic. If they had not done that, I might have spent the weekend at home.

The new pier has been finished at Centennial Park in Swansboro. The view of the White Oak River from the swings in the park is pretty spectacular. It is a great place to get a taste of the water without getting sand between your toes.

We have enjoyed some new restaurants and revisited an old favorite. One of our new spots for a meal is Thai Sticky Rice in Morehead City.  Another that delivered a really nice breakfast is Grumpy's in Morehead City. It was nothing fancy but it was very well done.  Finally we stopped by Bogue House in Cedar Point for the first time in a long time. The food was still tasty.  I had a barbecue and chicken combo plate and my wife enjoyed their Thursday special, chicken and pastry.

Of special interest to lots of folks, the Neuse Sporting Goods shop in Cedar Point is making tremendous progress.  It looks like they will be paving the parking lot soon.  Also the Moore's Barbecue and Chicken by the new Walmart has walls and is making great progress. I know a lot of folks fought the new Walmart, but it certainly is nice to drop by there for the things that would have required a trip to Jacksonville or Morehead City. As far as I can tell we have not changed our purchasing habits. I still regularly visit the two Ace Hardware stores and Lowe's Home Improvement. We have bought groceries there once but I prefer Publix, Piggly Wiggly, Lidl, Food Lion or Lowe's. We do seem to be the grocery store capital of Eastern North Carolina.

If you would like to look at some area pictures stretching back to winter, check out this Flickr album. Here is a link to some kayaking pictures from this summer.  If the beach is your thing, this is a link to some photos at the Point on Emerald Isle.  Hopefully the pictures will convince you to come for a visit.

The next two months are the best time of the year for a beach vacation.  Our 2018 Kindle version of our travel guide,  The Emerald Isle Travel Guide - A Week at the Beach and the new 2018 paperback  versions both the color one and  the black and white one are available to help you plan like a local. The paperbacks 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. The new home for my Crystal Coast posts is at this link.

David Sobotta
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