April 24, 2008

Sunset on the Lower Cape Fear River

Yesterday, I rode my bike over to the Carolina Beach State Park with hopes of catching some nice sunset photos by the boat ramp area. The storms from earlier in the day had moved on and the clouds appeared to be setting up for a very scenic sunset. Unfortunately for me, as the sun approached the horizon, it found a large cloud deck to tuck under...and the show was over. But it was still very enjoyable as the birds were active and the air was refreshingly cool.

Right now is a great time to visit the park. The weather is still comfortable and the bugs are not yet in full glory. It is a wonderful place to go for a scenic jog or to take a leisurely stroll on one of the many trails. However, I must warn that if you decide to stray away from the beaten path, conduct a
tick check when you leave. The little buggers always seem to be lurking in the more densely wooded areas and will find you if you venture too deep into their home turf.

Visit the
park website and get a trail map or read about the history and landmarks in the area. In addition, you can find information on the indigenous venus fly trap, boating/camping facilities and other available activities. And FYI, the website can be just a tad confusing to navigate, the links for the park are located to the left of the park description.

As I rounded the corner past the marina, my hopes were high

Next to the boat launch, I waited

At this point, things looked on target for a spectacular sunset

Minutes later, the sun showed me it had different plans.
Maybe next time...

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