Saturday, May 19, 2012

Day 314-Bald Head Island, NC

Bald Head Island, a barrier island two miles off mainland North Carolina, has been a very comfortable place to re-enter the US and decompress a little after our passage.  It is a planned community with very friendly people and a big emphasis on conservation.  There are protected salt marshes, estuaries, and 10 miles of ocean beaches where loggerhead turtles are currently laying eggs.  Very impressively, the newly opened Barrier Island Research Center ( $2.5 million) was entirely community funded.   But make no mistake this is first and foremost an upscale resort.
We were aiming to depart north along the Inter Coastal Waterway (ICW) tomorrow and then offshore toward Beaufort, NC the following day.  Tropical Storm Alberto, slightly south of Cape Fear, may put a kink in our plans.  Pablo is keeping a close eye on all of his numerous weather sources.  So far the only affect we have felt are the below normal temperatures.  It was 56F this morning!  Needless to say more than a shock to our tropically tuned bodies, thus we had to turn the heat on.
We noticed that our position report hasn't updated to our current position.  There seems to be a problem at yotreps.  Hopefully it will be resolved soon.

The very protected marina at Bald Head Island

The primary transportation on the island is golf cart and bicycle

Spanish Moss lined golf cart boulevards

The croquet court; we didn't have our 'whites' so didn't partake

Note the hat and sweatshirt on the beach

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