On a Mission

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.


Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

I love that rainbow shot.

Did you see Gilligan?

Jenn said...

Oo! And it's a double rainbow!
What a treat!

Hammocks Beach sounds like a destination spot to me.

Floridacracker said...

Down here a "hammock" is a mixed hardwood forest. Hammock supposedly comes from a Creek Indian word "Hamaca" which meant "shady place". At least this is the best explanation I've come across for the word.
Does that hold true in Carolina or is there some other reason for the name Hammocks Beach? It sounds like a beautiful place.

swamp4me said...

I'm not sure where Hammocks got its name. There is a maritime forest on one end of Bear Island though. It contains several oak species, loblolly pines, bays, red cedar, and red maple.

Huggins Island is also part of the park and it is covered with a dense maritime forest.