Saturday, August 10, 2013


Last month a group of friends gathered on the beach to watch the sunset, marvel at the nearly full moon as it danced with the clouds, and enjoy toasted marshmallows.

Lou Ann snapped this photo with my camera. You can see at least a dozen marshmallows on the ends of metal skewers.

A few of them made it into "s'mores." 

Our current Ocracoke Newsletter is an account of Infant & Childhood Mortality on Ocracoke. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous8:06 AM

    I didn't think anyone ate that kind of stuff anymore.

  2. Anonymous8:34 AM

    Who doesn't eat s'mores anymore?

  3. Anonymous12:57 PM

    Mature people with good health and teeth

  4. Anonymous2:33 PM

    On a camping trip years ago, my young son made a s'more, tasted it, didn't approve of the flavor combination, and suggested that a more appropriate name might be s'once. :-)

    Now, as to the beach fire, Philip, the one in your photo seems situated in a comparatively shallow pit. In my experience, beach winds have always necessitated a much deeper pit, which suggests you folks must've been out on a fairly calm evening, correct? I ask only in the interest of gleaning tips for building future beach fires myself. (Our first beach campfire experience was part of one of the great NPS ranger programs, and we've built others since.)

    Also, any insight into the state of beach fire rules/regulations these days? I know it's always recommended (or perhaps mandatory) that they be built below the high-tide line. And I believe I've been on the OBX at times when, most likely due to weather conditions, there've been occasional bans on beach fires.

    Thanks for sharing a great, evocative photo. We're Ocracoke-bound next weekend. Perhaps we'll have occasion to enjoy our own beach fire. And--as always--thanks fro sharing.

    1. I wasn't one of the people who organized this beach fire...and I was surprised to learn about the current regulations. I'm not sure I am remembering correctly, but I think all vehicles had to be removed from the beach by 9 pm (to protect nesting sea turtles from light pollution). Beach fire regulations can be read here:

  5. Anonymous2:57 PM

    Philip. I remember the good old days when I first discovered this interesting,informative fun light hearted blog. Well it's still here if the poison dart throwers would just learn how to have fun. Philip...ignore the unhappy inflected. Your blog is read daily by at least 3 people on their work in mt.airy (ANDY GRIFFITHS HOME TOWN) ha...keep up the good work

  6. Anonymous7:26 PM

    Philip: Anon 2:33 here again. Thanks for sharing even more news about O'coke, especially the link re. NPS permits. I wasn't aware of the need for beach fire permits (or the issue re. light pollution), so once again--as always--your thoughtfulness in graciously sharing your knowledge and insights is greatly appreciated. I agree with Anon 2:57: keep up the good work. Thank you! :-)

  7. Bill Walker10:05 PM

    Phillip, I tried to find the story on your blog from this time last year about the Perseid Meteor Showers and finally found it on Lou Ann's blog. It sounded like a wonderful experience and wondered if any of you will hit the beach Sunday or Monday night as this is reported to be the best time this year? The weather may not cooperate but it sounds like one of those things that should not be missed.
    Bill Walker

    1. Bill, we had plans to go to the beach Saturday night, but it was overcast. Maybe the weather will cooperate tonight (Sunday) or tomorrow.

  8. Nice. Been too long since the last visit to Ocracoke. A short visit in a week or two will fix that.