Every time I paddle out into Pamlico Sound I think, "I ought to do this more often!" Yesterday afternoon I joined five friends for a little adventure exploring the sound shore. Although we didn't see many birds, we did spot an osprey, a kingfisher, and a great blue heron, as well as gulls, cormorants, and pelicans. Unfortunately, we also saw an extremely weakened loon that had ventured into the marsh grass to die. When we came back it was no longer breathing.
The wind was very light yesterday, and the rain had finally stopped. The temperature was in the mid-60s...just perfect for paddling. Even the water wasn't cold...at least not for wading.
We had a great time...and worked up a hearty appetite. I slept like a baby. Kayaking is a wonderful way to see the island from a different perspective. And it's a delightful and peaceful way to spend a lazy afternoon.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a transcript of a letter written in 1949 by a visitor to the island. You can read the letter (which provides a glimpse into Ocracoke life sixty years ago) here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news102509.htm.