I can remember being out in the middle of Carvin's Cove in my kayak one afternoon when the wind whipped up the water. A kayak does not offer a lot of protection from waves so I was pretty happy when I got to shore.
Living on the North Carolina coast on the shores of a tidal river makes me keenly aware of the water.
Every morning one of the first things that I do is to check my tide post. It is one of the pilings on our dock where I have marked normal high tide.
If you click on this link you can see our dock in the first picture. My normal high tide line is just visible a few inches under water in the first slide. Today we had higher than normal tides. It was possibly due to the passing of hurricane Bill.
I do not mind a nice high tide, it actually makes navigation a little easier in our world of shallow sounds and inlets. Sometimes we need all the water we can find just to get around here.
However, a high tide and a storm are two different things. We are lucky to be where we are in Bluewater Cove. We are a couple of miles up the White Oak River. It is not unusual for us to have a larger boat or two anchored in our inlet during a bad storm. It makes me feel a little better about where we live.
As a boater, I just live for that glassy smooth water that you often see in early morning fishing trip like my Mackerel Morning slides.
The picture in the post was taken Saturday, August 22, after Hurricane Bill passed our area well out to sea. Still our beaches felt the impact. There were red no swimming flags flying everywhere, and we did find the higher than normal surf had created a few changes on the beach.
However, it was a quiet night on the beach. The foamy water, beautiful blue skies, and neat late evening light created a magical moment. We enjoyed it greatly.
It is always nice to lose yourself in the sound of the waves and the limitless possibilities of the ocean.
That is one of the reasons we walk the beach as often as possible.