Yesterday Sue and I took a walk on the beach along Beaufort Inlet. This is the entrance to the harbor at Morehead City, a deep-water port in North Carolina. The beach here extends from this inlet to another inlet on the western end of the barrier island called Bogue Banks, and is about 25 miles (40 km) long.
This actually a pretty typical October day. The historical average temperature here in mid-October is about 25ºC (77ºF). Yesterday was T-shirt weather. We walked under blue skies. A lot of people were out fishing and picking up shells, just enjoying the sunshine.
From this beach there are good views of the town of Beaufort — pronounced [BOH-furt] not [BYOO-furt] — which is one of the three oldest towns in N.C., founded in 1710 (Bath and New Bern are older). Sue and I haven't gone to Beaufort yet. That's for Thursday.
Today our plan is to take a 30 minute boat ride out to a place called Sand Dollar Island, on the back side of Shackleford Banks, to gather shells including, of course, sand dollars, which are a kind of sea urchin shaped like a flattened disk. We were told that is illegal to pick up live sand dollars. You can only collect the dead, sun-bleached ones. Sand Dollar Island isn't far from the Cape Lookout lighthouse, which is 10 miles distant in this photo..