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September 30, 2009

Humpback Whale Washes Ashore in Gloucester County, VA

What do you do when a 30' humpback whale washes ashore on private party? Who is responsible for disposing of the whale? Unfortunately, for one Virginia family, they found themselves confronted with this exact problem.

But alas, their problem was short lived. Since the dead whale was of interest to Marine Biologists with the Virginia Aquarium's Stranding Team, the aquarium has taken over and will oversee the removal. As of now, a private towing company has been contracted to remove the 20 ton whale. The carcass will be towed to an uninhabited island and secured to keep it away from boat traffic. (If there is a video of the whale removal, which I assume there will be, I'll add it to this post later).

Here's the latest from WTKR:

Whale still photo credit

UPDATE 10/01/2009--WTKR exclusive coverage of the whale carcass being removed:

September 28, 2009

Fort Fisher Live Oaks & Waterfront Video

Here's a cool video of the Fort Fisher Live Oaks ('bendy trees' as the videographer explains) and the waterfront. In case you're short on time, start watching from the 2:10 mark (beautiful blue sky). The length of the video is 3:24.

Britt's Donuts Has Closed for the 2009 Season

I heard that yesterday was the final day to get a doughy piece of heaven from Britt's Donuts. They will be closed until the first week of April, 2010.

So for all you doughnut lovers...I guess you're stuck with carrot sticks til next spring.

3rd Annual Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge to be Held October 16th thru 18th

16, 17, and 18 October 2009

It’s exciting to invite local and regional surf anglers to the 3rd annual Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge. Pleasure Island-made up of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Fort Fisher-provides a great island for surf fishing and hosting this area’s premiere land-based fishing tournament. We welcome everyone to join us for this year’s “Challenge.”

The previous two years have seen some great fishing, even with tough weather conditions at times (great job anglers). Each year over 250 anglers have participated, and in the last two years they’ve taken home over $24,000 in cash and prizes.

We continue to focus our efforts on providing a beach friendly, family fun, well-organized fishing event that gives anglers a chance at winning great prizes.

Here are some of the continued highlights of our tournament:

1. Over 40 ways to win an estimated $12,000 in prize money
2. Every participant receives a free raffle ticket for a chance to win a variety of great prizes
3. Complimentary food and drinks at the Awards Ceremony, sponsored and catered by Golden Corral. Golden Corral is returning with a great lunch selection from 12:00-2:00 on Sunday
4. Junior Angler, Lady Angler, and Senior Angler prize categories
5. Complimentary access to the Freeman Park 4wd Access Area at the North End of Carolina Beach for tournament anglers showing their pass and armband
6. Three weigh stations open around the clock

We not only want to provide a tournament that has a great payout with many opportunities to win, but to have an event that gives back to the community. The tournament works toward promoting awareness of mentoring youth in our region, and the tournament serves as a fund raising event for the Big Buddy Program of the Cape Fear Volunteer Center.

We are proud that each year we have worked in partnership with the Cape Fear Volunteer Center to host a Big Buddy/Little Buddy Fishing Event at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area as part of National Make a Difference Day. In 2008, over 50 children were able to enjoy a day at the beach and some fishing. There is nothing quite like seeing an excited child’s smiling face after reeling in his/her first fish ever. This year’s Big Buddy/Little Buddy Event will be held Saturday, October 24.

Preparing for the 2009 has also shown the strong commitment and involvement of sponsors who make this event possible. We encourage everyone to recognize the sponsors listed throughout this tournament booklet and support their businesses. Please keep a copy of the tournament booklet and refer to it during the tournament and the year to come.

We’re asking you to join us for the fishing fun and a chance to win some great prizes. We hope you will make plans, get signed up, be ready to fish, see old friends, meet new ones, and be active in our community.

For complete information including rules, entry forms, times and contest prizes, check out the official Challenge website:

http://www.fishermanspost.com/tournaments/surf-challenge

September 21, 2009

Another Video of the Leatherback Sea Turtle Hatching on Carolina Beach

Pleasure Island Featured in the Sept/Oct Edition of Carolina Currents-The Boating and Waterfront Magazine

Pleasure Island has a wonderful writeup in the Sept/Oct edition of Carolina Currents. The article primarily focuses on Carolina Beach but also gives good mention to Kure Beach and Fort Fisher.

The section on Carolina Beach opens with the following:
The main message for boaters looking for facilities in Carolina Beach is that a lot of new things are happening here. Efforts focused on making improvements for both local and transient boaters are numerous. From private marinas, to the State Park, to the Town Council, everyone seems to be intent on renovation and development.

The article concludes with:
For those who simply enjoy exploring the waterfront areas of the Carolina in your leisure time, this is a destination to put on your list. If you have visited before, the many ongoing renovation projects and constant improvements to the areas facilities make a good case for scheduling a return trip.

You can read the complete article (as well as the entire magazine) online. Click on the current magazine edition and the article begins on page 22.
http://www.carolinacurrentsmagazine.com/Carolina_Currents/Home.html

You can also download the magazine as a PDF: http://www.carolinacurrentsmagazine.com/Issue18.pdf

September 19, 2009

Fatal Shark Attack in Corolla, NC

Sep 18, 2009
WITN.COM

A shark bite killed a Pittsburgh man who disappeared after going swimming on the Outer Banks this past weekend.

The body of Richard Snead was found Thursday when it washed up on the beach in Kill Devil Hills.

The State Medical Examiner's Office in Greenville says the 60-year-old man died from injuries from a shark bite.

Currituck County authorities say this is the first recorded case of a shark bite in their county since 2000.

Authorities say Snead was swimming near mile post 4.5 in Corolla sometime after 9:00 p.m. on September 12th and was reported missing right after midnight.

The last fatal confirmed fatal shark attack off the North Carolina coast was in September 2001.


It happened in Avon, near Cape Hatteras. A 27-year-old man was critically injured and died from blood loss. His girlfriend was also attacked. She lost her foot.

Both were Russian, living in Virginia, on vacation on the Outer Banks. The two were attacked while swimming near a sandbar around 6 p.m.

It was never confirmed what kind of shark attacked the two, but some reports suggested it was a bull shark.

Article Source:
WITN
Photo:
Richard Snead

For additional shark related posts & photos, click
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Leatherback Sea Turtles Hatched on September 14th

September 12, 2009

Upcoming 2009 Pleasure Island Surf Events: Hot Wax Challenge November 7 & 8 and the Carolina Surf Awards November 6 & 7

Carolina Beach will be a happening place for area surf enthusiasts this November 2009.

On November 6th and 7th, the Surf Carolina Magazine will be holding the Carolina Surf Awards at the Carolina Beach Courtyard Marriott.

As posted on their Facebook page: Selah Dubb rocks the coast on Friday night and Mojo Collins rips the guitar on Saturday night. We have 50 rooms blocked at $89.00 per night, or 50% off. This hotel... is VERY nice and well worth it. Also the HOT WAX Challenge is taking place right in front of the hotel. More info and a video will be coming next week!

http://www.surfcarolinamagazine.com/

On November 7th and 8th, the Hot Wax Surf Shop will be holding the Hot Wax Challenge at the Hamlet Ave beach access. They have been holding this event for 22 years at Wrightsville Beach and Fort Fisher but have selected Carolina Beach this year in order to take advantage of the renovated Boardwalk facilities and to tie into the Surf Award events at the Marriott. Michael Paul, Hot Wax founder, told the CB Town Council that they wanted to create an event that is different then anything the surfers have seen here before.

The 2 day event will take place from 8am to 6pm on Saturday & Sunday and they will have $50,000 in prizes and giveaways. Keep an eye on their website for additional information & entry forms.

http://www.hotwaxsurfshop.com/

NC Flatfish Championship September 18-19

Welcome back to the second year of the N.C. Flatfish Championship. We hope you decide to fish with us and be a part of the weekend festivities.

Joyner Marina will again serve as our tournament headquarters. Please come enjoy Joyner Marina’s view of Snow’s Cut and the ICW. Even if you don’t enter the tournament, we encourage you to come out Saturday afternoon from 1:00-4:00 to watch the weigh-in (and bring some money for t-shirts and raffle tickets).

As a reminder, this fall tournament is a true flounder tournament. First place goes to the boat with the heaviest two-flatfish aggregate. And, like last year, if you like a payout for the one biggest fish, then you’ll want to get in one or both of our TWT’s.

We saw some nice fish last year, but participants didn’t have to work too hard to get some prize money in their pocket. If you weighed in two fish that together totaled more than 3.21 lbs., then you would have at least won your entry fee back.

One new addition to this year’s N.C. Flatfish is our “Beat the Record” prize. If you set a new tournament record by beating last year’s two-flounder aggregate of 11.08 lbs., then you’ll win a hand-crafted copper art work compliments of Marine Copper Designs. You can check out this special award on page 15.

A popular returning feature is our live flounder bonus payouts. We’re paying out a $10 bonus (up to $20 per boat) for every flounder weighed in alive that makes the leader board. The live fish get released (or they are donated to UNCW’s flounder hatchery), and you get some extra cash. It’s a win/win.

Our beneficiary for the second year in a row is the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, a non-profit organization that works to protect pristine natural areas and waters on the coast of North Carolina. Since its inception, over 45,000 acres of barrier island beaches, marshes, and other special coastal areas have been protected, all recreational places in our community where both residents and visitors can boat, fish, kayak, or just enjoy the outdoors.

In addition to our participants, the success of the N.C. Flatfish Championship lies in the efforts of our sponsors, supporters, and volunteers. Please let them know that you appreciate their involvement and dedication to the flounder fishermen of North Carolina.

So here’s your shot at the title. Be the Champ!

For complete information and entry forms:

September 11, 2009

MORE BANDS SIGN ON FOR THE 7TH ANNUAL SOUTHERN COASTAL BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL--SEPTEMBER 19 & 20

Bluegrass pics

For Immediate Release
September 11, 2009

Contact:
Jerry Flake (910) 547-7969
Mike Hoffer (910) 612-1909
Jerry_flake@hotmail.com
Thalian Association (910) 251-1788

Kure Beach, NC: The band line up continues to grow for the Southern Coastal Bluegrass Festival in Kure Beach, NC. Local acts Masonboro Sound and No Dollar Shoes will take the second stage Saturday, September 19 along with Asheville, NC favorites Johnson’s Crossroad. They’ll be competing for a paid spot on the main stage at next year’s festival and a gig at the popular Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar which is on the ocean in Carolina Beach.

“Our first goal was to bring in the most talented bluegrass bands in North Carolina. We’ve accomplished that,” said organizer Mike Hoffer. “Now we’re reaching out to the local bluegrass community as well. This event will truly be a showcase of the best bluegrass bands in the state and the Cape Fear Region.”

This is one of the most inexpensive, family friendly and relaxing events in North Carolina so mark your calendar for September 19 & 20. Spend the weekend along the Cape Fear River enjoying good music, dancing, arts and crafts, children’s entertainment, and great selection of food, beer and wines from Silver Coast Winery.

Advance tickets for the Southern Coastal Bluegrass Festival are just $10 per day and children under the age of 12 get in free. You can purchase tickets online at www.coastalbluegrassfestival.org.

The music plays on Saturday, September 19th, from 10:00am to 8:00pm and Sunday, September 20th, from 10:00am to 7pm at the Fort Fisher Military Recreation Center in Kure Beach, North Carolina.

This year’s festival features a wide variety of North Carolina bluegrass bands: The Hagar’s Mountain Boys, RC Harris and Blue Denim, The Wells Family, Ted Jones and the Tarheel Boys, Carolina Junction, Ken Scoggins & Miller’s Creek, A Deeper Shade of Blue, and L Shape Lot. The Out on the Ocean Contra Band will play on Saturday to lead a dancing and clogging exhibition.

In addition to the music, there will be a kid zone, clowns, string instrument lessons, silent auction and raffles.

The festival organizers are pleased to announce that local camping and RV hook ups are available. You can reserve a campsite at Carolina Beach State Park online at www.ncparks.gov or by calling (877) 722-6762. Camping is also available on a limited basis at the festival grounds. Military personnel can make reservations by calling (910) 458-6549, non-military personnel will be accepted on a first-come basis.

The Seventh Annual Southern Coastal Bluegrass Festival is presented by The Thalian Association, the Official Community Theater of North Carolina. Major Sponsors of the event include Time Warner Cable, Budweiser, the Penguin 106.7 FM, Cape Fear Title Agency, Inc. and Snow’s Cut Monthly magazine.

Bring your chairs or blankets and enjoy the best of bluegrass by the Cape Fear River. Please NO COOLERS or PETS.

Pricing
$25 – Two day passes
$15 – Daily tickets
$10 – Advanced tickets
$10 – Senior citizens, students and military personnel
Children 12 & under are FREE with an adult.

Find out more about the bands at these web sites:

The Hagar's Mountain Boys www.thehagarsmountainboys.com
The Wells Family www.wellsfamilyband.com
Ted Jones and the Tarheel Boys www.lgma.info/tedjonesandthetarheelboys
L Shape Lot www.myspace.com/lshapelot
Ken Scoggins & Miller’s Creek www.kenscoggins.com
A Deeper Shade of Blue www.deepershadeofblue.com
Carolina Junction www.carolinajunctionband.com

Has the Leatherback Sea Turtle Nest on Carolina Beach Hatched Yet?

Yesterday, the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project sent out a quick note with an update. The answer is no, they are still in wait mode.

It is now day 66 and the dedicated PISTP volunteers continue their round the clock monitoring of the nest. But with each passing day, the anticipation grows. The recent Outer Banks Leatherback nest didn't hatch until day 70 so everything is still within the norms.

September 10, 2009

AP: Report- Loggerhead Turtles at Risk of Extinction

WASHINGTON — It's a scene that scientists say is all too common: A commercial fishing boat pulls in a net full of shrimp or tuna and finds a loggerhead sea turtle mixed in with the catch.

Biologists like Matthew Godfrey say one or two such takings can happen every day among fishing fleets off the Southeast coast. Those numbers can add up to thousands annually for a turtle species that has traveled the oceans for 200 million years but now faces a growing array of threats.

Godfrey is among the authors of the latest federal report on loggerheads that says most groups of the ancient reptile are at risk of extinction — in large part due to increased commercial fishing.

The study, released last month, predicted broad population declines across the globe in the coming years, including in a nesting area along the southeastern United States that is one of the world's largest.

"Unfortunately, a lot of times the target fish habitat and the turtle habitat overlap," said Godfrey, of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. "The turtles are air breathers, so they need to get to the surface, but if they're tangled up in the net, they can't get to the surface, and they essentially drown."

Loggerheads have been listed as a threatened species since 1978...

Read the complete article

NOAA Photo: Turtle escaping from net equipped with a TED (Turtle Excluder Device)

September 9, 2009

Is Summer Really Over?

Say it ain't so!
OK, I will.

Now is one of my favorite times on the island. The summer tourists have left and the island returns to a quieter and slower pace. The air temps are still plenty warm and one can easily swim through the month of October as the water temps are slow to drop.

So don't worry, ole man winter is still a ways off. But you do have to admit, those couple of junior snow events that we had last year were pretty cool.

Carolina Beach snow storm
(Carolina Beach: January 20, 2009)
Photo Credit: Not so happy fellow

September 8, 2009

Reader's Digest Selects Fort Fisher in Latest Travel Book

Fort fisher is featured in the latest updated edition of the best selling travel book "Off the Beaten Path" from "Reader's Digest."

This publication has over 1,000 write-ups of unique places to visit in the United States including recommendations on what to see and do in North and South Carolina.

For North Carolina, a total of six locations were selected for the book. In addition to Fort Fisher, the selections included the Nantahala Gorge, about 12 miles southwest of Bryson City; Mount Airy (aka Mayberry); Clyde Jones Haw River Critter Crossing on Bynum Hill Road in Bynum; Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, about 10 miles from Nags Head; and Stone Mountain State Park located in the West District in Wilkes County.

Both the Charlotte Observer & News & Observer featured articles on the Reader's Digest list and offered the following Fort Fisher narrative from the book:

Late in the Civil War, the Union blockade of Southern ports prevented the South from receiving war supplies. In order to counter this, Confederate blockade runners made daring trips through fog and moonless nights to get precious cargoes.

Fort Fisher was built to provide cover for the Confederate seamen entering Cape Fear River on their way to the Confederacy's major port in Wilmington. Extending for one mile along the Atlantic Coast and across a sand peninsula, this series of redoubts was the South's largest earthen seacoast fort. With a complement of 47 guns, it provided a mile of defense seaward as well as one-third mile inland.

Only a few mounds remain, preserved from the actions of erosion. Exhibits in a small museum detail events that took place there from December 1864 to January 1865, when the fort finally fell to a determined Union action that employed about 58 warships and 8,000 infantrymen.

A quarter-mile tour trail surrounds what remains of the fort today. Features along the route include wayside exhibits, a reconstructed palisade fence and a partially restored gun emplacement.

The visitors center offers audio-visual programs and a permanent exhibit hall that displays an extensive collection of artifacts from the blockaders and the blockade runners. There's also a large and impressive fiber optic-powered map that shows the final battle for the fort in 1865.

The fort is open daily April-September; open Tuesday-Saturday, October-March. No admission fee. An aquarium is open year-round except holidays. Admission: $8; $6 for ages 6-17; 5 and younger, free. Details: www.nchistoricsites.org; 910-458-5538 (fort); 910-458-8257 (aquarium).

September 4, 2009

Welcome Surf House (Review)

Carolina Beach has a new dining establishment in town. The Surf House, which is located at 604 N. Lake Park Blvd, opened last month. In addition to being a cafe', they are also a surf retail shop. I haven't been by yet, but their light menu looks promising and according to the folks at NC Paddle Surfer, their food is "excellent." I look forward to stopping by and trying them out, I'm especially eyeing their organic salads.

They have an online menu which we have added to our menu list as well as a blog (added to our Pleasure Island blog roll in the lower right column). In their latest blog posting, they have a video (it's a tad dark) which gives you an idea of how the inside of their shop looks. From what I can see, it looks inviting.

We wish them the best of luck with their business as we are always pleased to see a new dining establishment make its way to the island.

EDIT 09/05/09
: My wife and I gave them a try this evening. We ordered a few things in order to get a broader sample. We had the fish (Tuna) tacos which came with a fruit salad, a spinach salad which was the special and a BLT wrap w/ potato salad. The verdict...everything was excellent.

The fish tacos are easily on top of the list for best on the island. The accompanying fruit salad was extremely tasty and was mixed with field greens and what I believe to be pickled radishes. It truly was delicious and worth a visit on its own right. The spinach salad (with pears) was fantastic. It was light yet satisfying and it was an ample salad portion. The BLT with a spinach wrap was equally good. As mentioned in the comment section, the potato salad was top notch and I highly recommend it as a side choice.

Lastly, they were offer four different types of cakes and all were SUBSTANTIAL in size. We went with a 3 layer chocolate marble cake slice and boy howdy, it was goooooood. I mean really good!

All in all, I give this place very high marks. I most definitely will be back to try some of their other offerings in the future.

September 3, 2009

Surf Fishing at Fort Fisher Video

Some great photos set to What a Wonderful World. Posted on Youtube by jtbrown248 on August 31, 2009. Enjoy!

Carolina Beach Featured on the UNC-TV Weekend Show

UNC-TV Carolina Beach, NC August 27, 2009

The Carolina Beach Boardwalk, Freeman Park, and Britt's Donuts were featured on last weekends UNC-TV North Carolina Weekend TV show. The segment is approximately five minutes in length and includes some wonderful island images.

Thanks to Brian for the heads up on the video and to UNC-TV for giving our blog a plug at the end.


(This is just a screenshot of the player. Once you click the pic, it will take you to the actual UNC-TV player. From there, click the play button in the center of the player. Note that it may take a couple of minutes for the video to load and begin to play. Direct link to the menu page: http://www.unctv.org/ncweekend/video_audio/august2009.html)

Carolina Beach Boardwalk Summer Event Series Labor Day Weekend

Carolina Beach, NC Sept. 2, 2009: The Carolina Beach Boardwalk Makeover would like to announce the events for Labor Day Weekend.

The Boardwalk Blast is a summer event series consisting of over 100 events including live & DJ music, dancing, kids activities, bingo and more at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. The series ends this weekend, except for Bingo on Wednesdays, which will continue, weather permitting, at the Gazebo for the next few months. Plans to keep Bingo going all year are in the works.

The schedule is as follows:
· Wednesday is Cash Bingo 6-8pm, Cash prizes up to $1,000. Nominal fee to play.
· Thursday, September 3: Live music by the Notorious Gringos at the Gazebo Stage. 6:30 to 9:30pm. Great Texas hillbilly rock. Free. Please note, no fireworks.
· Friday, September 4: Live music by Roadhouse Blues at the Gazebo Stage. 6:30-9:30pm. Free. Last fireworks display for the season will take place at 9pm.
· Saturday, September 5: Jazz Under the Stars at the Gazebo Stage. Music by El Jaye Johnson. 8-10pm. Free.

Please note: the amusement rides will be leaving Carolina Beach for the season in mid-September, but will be back next summer and we will do it all again!

The Boardwalk Makeover is a not-for profit organization dedicated to preserving the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. It is staffed entirely by hardworking volunteers.
For more information, go to www.boardwalkmakeover.org

Loggerhead Sea Turtles Hatch on Carolina Beach

This year, Carolina Beach has been home to 12 Loggerhead and 1 Leatherback nests. With the rarity of the Leatherback nest getting most of the public's attention, one might feel that the poor Loggerheads have been somewhat overlooked. But fortunately for us, one of the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project volunteers has captured on video two of the Loggerhead nest hatchings. The videos remind us of just how tiny and vulnerable these little creatures are and makes us wonder how they ever make it to adulthood.

The first video is by far one of the best hatching videos I've seen to date. The videographer does a wonderful job of capturing the 'boil' on video. The boil is when the sea turtles come to the surface in mass making the sand look like boiling water. The hatching from the first video occurred on July 20, 2009 and the second was on August 1, 2009.

If you don't have 10 minutes to watch the entire first video, I'll give you some key moments.
2:45 the boil starts
4:15 the dash to the ocean begins in mass
4:45 the first ones reach the water
7:05 examination of the nest
8:00 release of the last of the stragglers (wonderful daytime close up)






As a turtle bonus, check out this wonderful blog entry from last year by a woman who is describing a family beach vacation when she was 13 years old. They were at the beach midday when she came across a lone baby sea turtle that had surfaced many hours after the others had already hatched and made it to sea. With no moon to guide the turtle, and knowing that she shouldn't handle it, she came up with a very clever idea of how to guide the little one to the water.

lemonologie blog: lone baby sea turtle

September 2, 2009

USAF and UFO Dogfight Over NC Coast

First it was a UFO sighting over Kure Beach and now we have a UFO sighting over Salter Path, NC (Emerald Isle area). Unlike the KB sighting, this one was much more involved and included US fighter jets. I'm not sure why illegal aliens are harassing our coastal residents but these extraterrestrials should really consider daytime reconnaissance if their purpose is to girl watch.

Now, if you look at the location of Salter Path, you may notice that this sighting was near the site where recently hundreds of sharks appeared. After consulting with our in-house shark and UFO experts, we feel safe in stating that the two anomalies are not related. At least we don't think they are.

But before I stop yammering and get on with the actual UFO story, I have a question to pose. Why is it we do not have proof that UFO's exist? Is it because they don't want us to know that they visit our world so they go to great lengths to avoid contact? If this is so, might I make a suggestion to them? Turn off your damn lights. You have the technology to travel light years to get to our planet yet you can't seem to fly your saucer crafts without driving lights. Have they not invented night vision technology or radar yet ? Talk about an export opportunity for us.

UFOs over North Carolina - Family Watches UFO over North Carolina

Here is a report submitted through MUFON open files, August, 2009. On August 12, a family was sitting on the beach at Salter Path, North Carolina, which is one of their favorite vacation spots. Relaxing and watching the sky, they witnessed what they thought at first was a very bright star.

The object was moving, however, and was soon followed by a small red object. Soon, the red object disappeared. The white object made erratic movements, appearing to spin around, in a twirling motion.

Before long, this object moved close enough to the beach for the family to determine it was disc-shaped, and indeed spinning. It began to fly away from them, but was soon replaced by a second object of the same description.

UFOs Joined by Planes

When the second object began to fly away also, two military planes appeared, seeming to give chase to the UFOs.

The family had watched these events for an amazing 45 minutes, and when the two UFOs had almost left their field of view, a third, low -flying plane moved into view. It appeared to be keeping watch on the other two military planes.

Still wondering in awe at what they had witnessed, about twenty minutes later some type of craft could be seen hovering over the lake. The family could see that it had two red lights, one on each side, and a white light in the center. Also, the underside of the craft seemed to glow an orange-white color, and was directed toward the water.

The Skies are Clear

Eventually, the skies were clear again, but it seems quite evident that the family had witnessed something extraordinary - UFOs, evidently picked up by radar, or air reconnaissance. The military craft, sent up to confront them, were more than likely from nearby Johnson Air Force Base.

The family added that they were all quite familiar with planes and helicopters in the area, having visited the same beach for 19 years, and being active in watching the skies.

However, they had never seen any flying craft like the ones they saw in 2009. They emphatically assert that the moves and speeds of the UFOs were far advanced of any military craft we have today. What exactly did the family see? We may never know for certain, but it was not your typical night on the beach.

http://ufos.about.com/od/currentuforeports/a/salterpath.htm

UFO map

September 1, 2009

A Grand "Grand Opening" at the Treehouse Bistro

On September 9th, the Treehouse Bistro will be hosting the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce social as well as celebrating their Grand Opening. The social is from 5:30pm to 7:00pm and from there, they will roll right into the Grand Opening. Now, from what I gather by reading the Treehouse Bistro website, the general public is welcome during the Chamber social so the lines between the social and the Grand Opening are a bit blurry (or is that the influence of wine?). Bottom line, head down to the Treehouse Bistro sometime after 5:30pm.

Now, I must say that this is truly a must attend event for me. Why, you may ask? Well, because Shawn sent me the following email...and if he and Joel are able to come even close to delivering on these promises, well, I really need to be there as this sounds like some serious fun.

"It is going to be a total freakin blowout, with two bands, food cooked outside, four wine vendors with samples, Budweiser, and who knows what else. We will have tents and tables outside, and it will probably be the biggest grand opening the island has seen since...well...freakin ever!"

So what more can I say...I'll see you at the Treehouse Bistro next Wednesday! I'll be the one sleeping in the corner after killing off a bottle of the Robert Craig Cab. That is seriously one heck of a good vino! My other two favorites that they serve are the Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve and the Michael David Petite Petit. Just talking about them makes me want to head for the wine rack.

For more information: http://www.treehousebistrocb.com/

Shawn & Joel's favorite customer:


















Wine cartoon credit

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