Yesterday, four of us were sent on a fact-finding mission. Our destination was a small state park in Onslow County, about 3 hours to our south on the coast.
Despite the fact that it poured rain on us the whole way down, we had a good trip and gathered a lot of useful information.
It is always nice when work takes you to one of your favorite places :)
Ferry dock at Hammocks Beach
If you ever find yourself in the area, I highly recommend a trip to Hammocks Beach. For a nominal fee you can take a small ferry from the mainland out to an undeveloped barrier island. Yep, I said undeveloped -- a rare and wonderous thing these days. The trip over to Bear Island takes about 25 minutes. Once you reach the island, a 15 minute walk will take you to the ocean side. It always takes me well over 15 minutes because the ocean is never my main objective when I visit -- there is just too much to explore on the island!
You can also paddle a canoe or kayak out to the island -- but be sure you know which way the tide is flowing because it makes a big difference in the amount of time and effort you will spend getting to your destination (do you detect a hint of personal experience here?).
On the way back, near Edenton, we were treated to a break in the rain and a rainbow. I snapped a picture through the truck window. Doesn't do it justice of course, but it was the best I could manage.