Saturday, May 04, 2013


Last Sunday afternoon I took Amy, David, Lachlan, Sundae, & Mariah to the South Point. We drove out the South Point Road in my pickup truck, stopping periodically to observe the egrets and turtles that were foraging for food in the ditches on each side of the lane. Below are a couple of photos Amy took of two of the turtles. I believe they are Eastern Painted Turtles.

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  1. Anonymous8:38 AM

    Six people in a pick up truck. now where I live click it or ticket ( seat belt laws) child must wear life preservers when on a boat -- visions of the season finale of Downton Abbey come to mind please calm my thoughts-- the truck in the ditch did not look like an extended cab as I recall, sincerely, Debbie Downer

  2. Anonymous9:01 AM

    Oh Please Debbie Downer,

    Don't you know that Philip takes safety very seriously. His truck is equipped with a double framed roll bar system. In addition, each passenger has on a fire suit, helmet and air-bag protection system. Bio-hazard masks are always ready in case the need should arise. In addition a GPS monitoring system warns of potential road hazards or collisions. 2 Hummer's filled with armed guards flank the vehicle in an added step of security. Oh, and the plastic lawn chairs in the back...they have seat belts too.

    No fun!

  3. Anonymous9:14 AM

    The NC Statute:

    § 20‑135.2B. Transporting children under 16 years of age in open bed or open cargo area of a vehicle prohibited; exceptions.

    (a) The operator of a vehicle having an open bed or open cargo area shall ensure that no child under 16 years of age is transported in the bed or cargo area of that vehicle. An open bed or open cargo area is a bed or cargo area without permanent overhead restraining construction.

    (b) Subsection (a) of this section does not apply in any of the following circumstances:

    (1) An adult is present in the bed or cargo area of the vehicle and is supervising the child.

    (2) The child is secured or restrained by a seat belt manufactured in compliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208, installed to support a load strength of not less than 5,000 pounds for each belt, and of a type approved by the Commissioner.

    (3) An emergency situation exists.

    (4) The vehicle is being operated in a parade.

    (5) The vehicle is being operated in an agricultural enterprise, including providing transportation to and from the principal place of the agricultural enterprise.

    (6) Repealed by Session Laws 2008‑216, s. 1, effective October 1, 2008.

    (c) Any person violating this section shall have committed an infraction and shall pay a penalty of not more than twenty‑five dollars ($25.00), even if more than one child less than 16 years of age is riding in the open bed or open cargo area of a vehicle. A person found responsible for a violation of this section may not be assessed court costs.

    (d) No drivers license points or insurance surcharge shall be assessed on account of violation of this section. A violation of this section shall not constitute negligence per se. (1993 (Reg. Sess., 1994), c. 672, s. 1; 1995, c. 163, s. 7; 1999‑183, s. 4; 2008‑216, s. 1.)

  4. Anonymous9:38 AM

    It is the stick to it -ness of the Tar Heel state of ones feet? The state legislature was working overtime looking out for their constituents!

  5. Anonymous9:56 AM

    Pogo said "we have met the enemy, it is Us."

  6. Vickie Pavlik10:01 AM

    Philip, being drawn and quartered would be appropriate punishment for you:)

  7. Anonymous10:50 AM

    Zoey D. said ahhh those turtles are so cute!!!:)

    Just don't touch them they no doubt have salmonella:(

  8. Anonymous11:44 AM

    Turtles are snakes with shells.

  9. Anonymous2:15 PM

    it's getting so it's hard to have a little fun with out be put down isn't it philip? leave the guy alone.