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Entering the controlled burn area

Plum of smoke smoothering us with ash



collection of ash on the windshield


Emerald Isle Water Tower

Heading to the beach

dolphins swimming by

another one


lunch spot


ferry entrance

inside the ferry



bath house and restrooms


lifeguard warning-yellow conditions

turtle eggs

looking down the beach

A short getaway to the beach was the spontaneous order of the day. Since I only have five free days, it is good to make the most of it. Located in North Carolina's Southern Outer Banks, we traveled to the pristine and scenic Emerald Isle. There is no comparison with the Northern Outer Banks. This area is void of high rise beach houses looking to squeeze in as many tourist as possible, obscuring beach and sound views, no huge crowds of people and generalized "botched up" retail spaces.

From Ocracoke to Morehead City are several historic towns offering fresh seafood from the docks to dine in food, farmers markets, antique shopping, eclectic shopping, etc. The atmosphere is calming and de stressing.

As we entered the national forest a HUGE controlled(?)burn was taking place. WOW!!! Ash covered us all the way to the campground and then some more. This went on for three days.

This was the fanciest national park campground ever-50 amp service, large spots,etc. It was so enjoyable! Beach day on the second day! My time in the sun is supposed to be limited secondary to the chemo; however, did I mind-no! Corky kept me reined in so as not to possibly burn. For one of the few times in my life I wore sunscreen-what a good girl. Then it was off for lunch. My buffalo chicken shrimp wrap was scrumptious. Corky had fresh clam chowder and crab cake sandwich.

Deciding to eat in supper, Corky put together a very good rib eye steak shish kabob!

Hammocks Beach State Park is comprised of three primitive islands. The ferry service took us to Bear Island bordered by the Atlantic and intracoastal waterway. It is 3 1/2 miles of white sandy beach. shrub thickets, and maritime forests. I made the round trip walk from ferry to beach and the return with little issue. I just kept saying I CAN do this! Good ole ham and cheese sandwiches never tasted so good.

The pictures will give you a better idea of our experience.

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