Disappearing into the Swamp

Lore, Legend and Life Abound at Dismal Swamp. The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is the largest intact remnant of a vast habitat that once covered more than one million acres of [...]

Shifting Sands

Right now on the Outer Banks, there is a newly-emerged sandbar dubbed Shelly Island that is growing impressively off Cape Point, the jutting corner of the Outer Banks known for its vast wild [...]

Camping Along The Coast

If your idea of camping is an air-conditioned luxury RV with indoor plumbing, Wi-Fi, and a grocery store on site…this list may not be for you. No offense meant to the glamping crowd, but when I [...]

What’s Your Favorite Season?

That question came up the other day during a conversation I was having with my six-year-old nephew who was wet, sandy, and tired in the back seat of my car. He’s a Colington kid, which means that [...]

Finding Beauty in the Woods

Just minutes from the busy beach towns of the Outer Banks lies a wilderness that is cherished among locals and revered by visitors. This is Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve, where the only [...]

Raising Bees by the Sea

Beekeepers come from all walks of life. They are coaches, teachers, artists. It doesn’t really matter what their profession is – the bees call to them, drawing them into their sweet world in the [...]

Making a Sand Investment

A major beach nourishment project that will pump about four million cubic yards of sand onto the beaches of the northern Outer Banks will get underway this spring. The project encompasses [...]

Winter on the Outer Banks

This is the seventeenth winter I’ve spent on the Outer Banks. I recall that first one being particularly brutal as my psyche struggled to adjust to life on what, at the time, felt like the [...]

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