We spend the day outside. And there’s lots to see. Wildlife, of course: dolphins playing, pelicans crash-diving into the water for fish, turtles sunning themselves on a log, seagulls fighting over fish, and herons and white egrets stalking their prey.
This heron preferred to alert us to a mile marker. That’s 315 miles south on the Intercoastal from Norfolk, VA, which is Mile 0.
Lots of people fishing:
A man net fishing:
A smallish shrimper, working his dredges:
A cool old-looking boat – not sure it’s really old:
The ferry boat from Southport, NC, to Carolina Beach. Lots of people waved.
Lots of condos and mega-mansions. Here’s a highrise for boats. You have to wonder how well this will do in the next hurricane:
A marina that’s seen better days:
How about the barnacles on these pilings:
And here is probably the most amazing thing we’ve seen so far:
On Wednesday, we passed through the Camp LeJeune Marine Firing Range. [The Intercoastal is closed when they are actually firing.] Anyway, I noticed what looked like a duck boat in front of us – very low to the water, a square bow, and camo-colored. But there were two huge roostertails coming out the back – it was clearly pushing a lot of water. Then, when the strange little boat reached the other side of the ICW, I saw the most unbelievable sight – it came up out of the water and drove onto the shore and turned into a 10’ tall boxy vehicle with huge tracks. Two men in camo crawled out of little portholes on the top.
As we passed by, we noticed about half a dozen identical vehicles lined up on the other side waiting for us so they could cross. Later we learned that these are called Assault Amphibious Vehicles (AAV).
I wanted to get closer for a better picture, but I was afraid we’d get arrested – or worse.